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Tuesday, January 14, 2014



Newsletter from the National Black MBA Association:

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors. "MLK Day" is a chance to start the year off right by making an impact in our communities. 

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the annual theme for this federal holiday is "Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!!" 

August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his renowned "I Have A Dream" speech and this year's holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King's legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, breaks down barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a beloved community. 

Making time to volunteer is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you plan on grabbing a paintbrush, mentoring a young person, or helping to clean up a public space, know that what you do makes a world of difference. For more information about the MLK Day of Service and what's taking place across the country, visit <www.MLKDay.gov>.

NBMBAA Cleveland NEO Chapter


Established in 1970, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) is
a nonprofit professional membership organization of minority graduates with MBAs, advance degrees, business professionals, entrepreneurs and graduate students. The NBMBAA is headquartered in Chicago, IL and encompasses 43 Chapters and 25 Collegiate Chapters. The organization focuses on five channels: education, career, leadership, entrepreneurship and lifestyle.

Membership Benefits

NBMBAA® offers exclusive access to special savings on computer equipment, air travel, car rentals, moving, credit cards and more. 


Monday, January 6, 2014


Donations needed for the 23rd Homeless Stand Down

The Stand Down will take place Saturday, January 25, 2014 @ Cleveland Public Auditorium from 9am to 2pm.

What's needed:
Boots, winter clothing, coats and personal hygience products for children, men and women.

Central dropoff location:  Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland.  Donations will be accepted from 1pm to 3pm on January 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th.
Monday, January 20th drop off donations from 10am to 12noon and 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, January 21st to the 23rd, donations hours are 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Donations will also be accepted at Cleveland Public Auditorium on Friday, January 24th from 9am to 4pm.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Last night was the swearing-in of Maple Heights city council members. 

The balance of power (the privileged, who makes the decisions, and controls who has and makes the most money) pretty much  remained the same in Maple Heights government(largely due to Black apathy and ignorance); and we will see if Mr. Ron Jackson will be a “House Negro” (an African American who embraces the status quo) or a proud African American male who recognizes that Blacks are at the “bottom of the rung” in Maple Heights and will try to change that dynamic.   Most educated Blacks understand that what's going on in Maple Heights has to do with "power, money, and privilege", (who has it and who doesn't - and it isn't the majority population of Black folk).

As an elected member of council, you have the choice of who swears you in.  Two of those choices (last night) pretty much told us where that council member’s allegiance was, and that allegiance was not a surprise.

Will this council change the financial downward spiral in Maple Heights?  Will this council recognize the cultural significance of its predominantly African American population and embrace it? And will this council address the racial inequities and stop (what we see as) the venomous nature which manifests itself in Maple Heights government?  TIME WILL TELL and we will keep you apprised.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


I'm not really into reality (uh?) shows; however, I do watch "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" from time to time.  Hey, ... Black folks need money so I'm going to support those ladies. Actually these exceptional ladies do extremely well, my support or not.

Anyway, last night on Bravo, I watched the segment where NeNe decided to treat the ladies to a trip to Savannah, Georgia. [Now actually this was the second time I watched that particular episode.]  The trip started off kind of rocky because some of the ladies were fashionably late (CP time).  Late or not, I thought it was real cute that Nene's Greg gave flowers to the ladies when they arrived at the "kick off" site.

The bus trip to Savannah was indeed memorable because Kandi got into it with "work your nerves, is she stealing your man" Kenya. Honestly Kandi, ... but okay, I totally got the fact you were stressed about the Mama Joyce (what's up with her?)/Carmen/Todd drama and you were on edge.

The creme de la creme of that particular episode goes to "the coackroach attack".  Honey, ... too funny for words.

And thank you NeNe, because before that episode, I was unaware of Savannah's black history, and now that I know something about it, I'm doing my research.

And yes, it was most embarrassing, to say the least, when (God bless her innocence) Porsha had to be schooled on "The Underground Railroad".   Nope it wasn't a real train girlfriend.

"Kandi, ... Phaedra ... I love those weird facial expressions you make when you're ticked off, perplexed, or whatever."

These "Housewives of Atlanta" are a real hoot.  Love to all.