By Julee Wilson Posted: The Huffington Post | 10/04/2013
Before Beverly Johnson became the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue in 1974, she was already a Glamour covergirl several times over. The former supermodel-turned-business woman has appeared on 15 Glamour magazine covers -- a feat that helped make her a fashion icon.
In celebration of Glamour's 75th anniversary and Beverly's storied career, the glossy tapped model Arlenis Sosa to interview Ms. Johnson, aka "The Model Who Changed Everything," for its November issue.
The 60-year-old stunner chats about how she landed her first cover (a typing test was involved), what she thinks about the modeling world today and paving the way for other models of color. Frankly, without Beverly, who many consider to be the first black supermodel, there may have never been a Naomi, an Iman or a Tyra. In fact, Beverly revealed to Glamour that she used to transport those ladies to some of their photo shoots.
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By Dedrick Muhammed
Senior Director of Economic Programs, NAACP
Though 401(k) plans (a defined contribution retirement plan) are supposed to build wealth, a new study by the Economic Policy Institute suggests that these plans are actually exacerbating wealth inequality by not adequately providing for most people's retirement.
The report authors explain that the 401(k) began as a creative supplement to pension plans. But, it was never intended to be the primary base for retirement. Now, the report suggests, the plans serve primarily as a tax shelter for the wealthy. For instance, among America's top 20 percent income bracket, nearly 90 percent have savings in retirement accounts that average $308,674.
The paradox is people often think of 401(k) plans as a middle class perk, when, in reality, nearly half of U.S. households don't have savings invested in any retirement plan. Half of the middle 20 percent of income earners with savings in retirement accounts have an average of only $34,981 in them. And even fewer -- 11 percent -- of the bottom 20 percent of income earners have retirement savings, averaging only $7,543.
Book by Reverend Al Sharpton
Book Review by Kam Williams
“As you read through the following pages and get a sense of my journey and the lessons I’ve learned, I believe you will come to understand why I’ve not been unsettled or slowed down by the attempts over the years to paint me with a broad brush as some kind of troublemaker or self-interested hustler. While those caricatures might have become media shorthand, I was not about to let the world define me…
The America I faced in the 1980s wearing the jogging suit was not the same place as the America I speak to now, yet I still find myself leading marches to protest outrages like the shooting death of Trayvon Martin or the widespread attempts to roll back voting rights. I moved with the times, updated my style and approach so that I never became irrelevant.
-- Excerpted from Chapter One (page 7)
In Chapter 21, Verse 42 of the Book of Matthew, Jesus observed that “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Now, Reverend Al Sharpton paraphrases that parable for the title and theme of “The Rejected Stone,” an enlightening autobiography/how-to tome in which the longtime civil rights leader retraces his path from fiery street activist to international icon.
Besides reflecting on the high points of his controversial career, the outspoken author has 23 lessons to offer ambitious individuals interested in following in his footsteps. He elaborates upon those priceless pearls of wisdom individually in chapters all their own entitled, “Learning from Flawed Leaders,” “Never Rest on Your Laurels,” “Practice What You Preach,” and “Don’t Be Afraid to Be Big,” to name a few.
As interesting as Rev’s sage advice, however, are his personal anecdotes. For he’s ostensibly rubbed shoulders with folks from every station in life. And like a black Forest Gump, the peripatetic Sharpton has not only managed to land at the center of many an historic moment, but he even has a knack for summarizing the event in “Life is like a box of chocolates” fashion.
For example, he talks about having to pinch himself while attending President Obama’s inauguration earlier this year, when he realized that he was sitting up on the same platform with Congress, the Cabinet, the Supreme Court and luminaries like Jay-Z and Beyonce’. Not bad for a poor kid from Brooklyn whose father abandoned the family when Al was just 9.
To order a copy of The Rejected Stone, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1936399474/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20
For the first time since 1997, the U.S. government has shut down. This happens when Congress fails to pass authorization to sufficiently fund local and federal government operations. During a shutdown, the government will usually stop providing all services except those that are deemed "essential".
Here are 22 ways that the government shutdown will affect your life:
#1 - If you get the flu: During a shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will not be receiving funding to support its annual flu vaccination program.
#2 - No pay for military personnel: Members of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Marines, etc) will have their paychecks put on hold while they continue to work.
#3 - Little assistance for troubled boaters: The Coast Guard will cut back on routine patrols and navigation assistance if you have trouble while on the water.
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By Melanie Hicken | CNNMoney.com
Some scammers may offer help navigating the new health insurance marketplace under Obamacare, for a fee. Others will warn that you will need a new Medicare card. And still others may say they are from the government and need your personal information.
These are just a few of the Obamacare-related scams that federal officials have heard about in the months leading up to the opening up of the state-based insurance exchanges, a key component of the Affordable Care Act.
Many of these scammers are seeking to steal your personal information and your money. Some consumers have already contacted the Federal Trade Commission about con artists that have called, texted, sent letters or emailed them, and the FTC is asking for reports of any other potential cons.
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