Church Coalition, Black Religious Broadcasters Launch National Boycott of BB&T Bank
by Frederick H. Lowe
The National Black Church Initiative and the National Black Religious Broadcasters have launched a boycott against BB&T Corp., one of the nation's largest bank-holding companies based on assets.
The two organizations want to reduce the financial institution's profit by 30 percent in seven years because of allegedly unfair and discriminatory treatment by bank officials and employees.
Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Church Initiative, which is based in Washington, D.C., said the organizations selected the 30 percent figure because it will significantly affect BB&T's ability to function as a bank. "This is a boycott that we will work on for years," Evans explained.
For more information about the Affordable Health Care Act, contact: www.healthcare.gov
The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Barack Obama.
As we continue to watch the news, listen to the radio, hear phrases like “pros and cons,” and read words like “repeal,” “cost” and “value,” it becomes increasingly important to know the facts. It becomes essential to ask the question, “Is health reform good for me and my family?”
- The Affordable Care Act prevents health insurance companies from refusing to pay for important treatments by claiming the patient had a pre-existing condition.
- The Affordable Care Act stops the kind of health insurance company abuse that patients endure every day.
- The Affordable Care Act ensures:• Lifetime limits on insurance coverage are eliminated and insurance companies are banned from dropping people from coverage just because they get sick.
• There will be a cap on out-of-pocket expenses, such as co-pays and deductibles.
The Chicago Grid
For AABoomer Linda McGill Boasmond, the chemistry was right.
After years of managing plants for other people, “I thought it was time I did it for myself,” she says of her decision nine years ago to become the sole owner of Cedar Concepts Corp., a chemical manufacturing plant on the South Side.
That entrepreneurial move made her the first and only African-American woman to own a chemical manufacturing plant, one that does more than $20 million in annual revenues, says Boasmond, who expects the company’s revenues to triple in two to four years.
Cedar Concepts, which sells 50 to 70 million pounds of chemicals per year globally, processes raw materials used in personal care, household, industrial and agricultural products. Its customers include Procter & Gamble, Citgo and Boeing.
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Oprah Winfrey recently admitted to nearly having a nervous breakdown. But why? And what lessons can we all learn from this?
While filming Lee Daniels’ The Butler last year, Oprah was in the midst of trying to revitalize her “struggling” TV channel, OWN. It wasn’t until she interviewed Kony 2012 director Jason Russell, who had recently suffered a very dramatic breakdown). She realized that she herself was in danger after listening to Jason describe his symptoms, many of which she was experiencing herself.
“In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing,” Oprah says. “I remember thinking that if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble. I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.”
Thankfully, Oprah took several steps back from her multiple projects and allowed herself to relax.
BET co-founder, ‘Butler’ producer Sheila Johnson opens long-awaited Salamander Resort and Spa. (Photo by David Galen)
“I want people to feel like they have walked into a grand home, not a hotel,” Sheila said in her emotional remarks to guests, which included Johnson’s 89-year-old mother. Supermodel Beverly Johnson, fashion designer Donna Karan, designer Kaye Unger, CNN’s David Gergen and Mrs. Rachel Robinson — widow of the late baseball great Jackie Robinson — were also in attendance.
The sprawling resort is the latest of Sheila Johnson’s properties, and the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia — and, in fact, the entire mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Located just outside of the Revolutionary War town of Middleburg, Salamander offers the quaint experience of country elegance, and Jackie Kennedy-esque charm, with a historic, small town flare.