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News You Can Use: Should you lease or buy your next car? (4 Things to Consider)

*A friend of mine recently bought a new car. I was surprised because I knew she had bought a new car only about two years ago, and she doesn’t drive a lot so the mileage is still low. She said that she went to a dealership and asked for a lease because she was “upside down.” I had never heard the term before, but learned it means that you still owe money on a car. Because her old car, the one she had bought two years ago, was still in great shape, she got the lease.

Thinking about this I realize many of us may have this same concern. I purchased a car nearly a year and a half ago, and I love it. But I drive a lot, and don’t want to be concerned with mileage limitations — something a lease forces you to consider.

I also don’t mind having the same car for more than 5 years; whereas most leased cars contract for 3 years. Then you have the option to renew or lease a different car.

If I want to make any changes whatsoever to the car I purchased, I can. Darken my windows, add a spoiler, anything — I can. But if I were to turn around and lease, they want me to return the same car I leased (minus normal wear and tear).

Decisions. Decisions.

Below are four questions anyone thinking about leasing versus buying their next ride should consider first.

Question #1: How much can you comfortably afford to pay each month for your car? Continue reading

Philly Pre-School Teacher Calls Out Beauty Salon That ‘Made Me Feel Ugly’ (FB Post Goes Viral!)

*Social media gets a lot of bad rap. We did this. What with the Live broadcast of suicides, cyber-bullying, and being privy to the mood swings of everyday folk and their bouts with TMI, many of us only jump on long enough to post content that directly applies to our business. But one thing that makes the format valuable; something you can’t deny, is that social media is the equivalent of beast mode when it comes to putting stuff on blast. Whether that  “stuff” brings to light what rogue law enforcement officers are made of, or calls out businesses with unsavory practices and poor professional acumen. There is no more effective way to promote them than on social media.

Case in point…

…a Philadelphia beauty salon called L Amour Nails. The salon hee’d and hawed when Johnetta Hopkins, an attractive African American preschool teacher, walked in to get a mani-pedi.  She did the norm, wrote down her name and went to pick a color. But somewhere along the way, she noticed that she no one was welcoming her. You know, the whole “someone will be with you in a minute.” Heck, no one had even acknowledged her presence with a hello. Continue reading

Workshops for Educators, Indie Films, and More at Upcoming ‘Long Beach Indie’ Festival

Long Beach, CA — Named one of FilmFreeway’s Top 100 best reviewed film festivals, Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival returns to Long Beach Wed., Aug. 30 – Sun., Sept. 3, delivering five days of screenings, plus workshops for educators, students, entertainment industry professionals, and more.

 Founded by Dr. Daniel Walker in 2014, the festival celebrates diverse content and creators.

“I created Long Beach Indie because I wanted to bring true diversity to every facet of the media and entertainment ecosystem. “It’s about more than just names on the closing credits and recognition during awards season. It’s about economic empowerment, self definition, and using the power of media and entertainment to shape the perceptions that individuals and systems have of women and people of color. “Dr. Daniel Walker, Founder, Long Beach Indie

 The event produced and hosted by Perfect Works and BLU Educational Foundation fosters international dialogue between scholars and the entertainment industry, and bridges the gap between urban communities and careers in arts, entertainment, fashion and digital media via distinct conference and expo clusters. Continue reading

Nigerian Billionaire Mom Drops A Cool £5 Million on Son’s Wedding

*If anyone is looking for further proof that a doting mom will do anything for her son, no matter how old he is, here ya go! Forbes calls Folorunsho Alakiya, from Nigeria, the 18th richest woman in Africa; and the richest black woman ahead of Oprah Winfrey. On June 10, she showed just how much disposable income she has by paying a cool  £5 Million on the wedding of her son,entrepreneur Folarin Alakija and his Iranian bride, model model Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar.

Guest at the extremely lavish event, said to be the most expensive of the year, posted IG pics that show no expense was spared. Continue reading

Travis Kalanick: Uber CEO’s Leave Obviously Not Enough, Now He Has Been Forced to Resign (Video)

*Ouch. Just when the business world had begun to realize scandalous claims of sexual harassment and other seemingly permissible inequities towards women in the Uber workplace had forced its co-Founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick, to take a leave of absence from the company; now comes the breaking news that Kalanick will not be returning at all.

The CEO of Uber has resigned.

Following Kalanick’s decision to go on leave with no return date in mind; a leave that had him telling Uber employees he needed to “work on Travis 2.0 to be the leader they deserved,” investors continued to have meetings around the subject. Apparently, the result of these get-together’s left them questioning whether Kalanick — who no one had even heard of prior to Uber (had they?) — even had the ability to be such a leader. Unfortunately for him, they have no time to wait, so he was asked to leave. Continue reading

Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO, Leaving (For A While)

*While many of the Uber staff may have been shocked by a recent memo they received from the chief, others probably saw the writing on the wall. What the heck am I talking about? Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick. He wrote a heartfelt memo — well, as “heartfelt” as any money-monger businessman can muster — letting staff know that he is taking leave for a good minute. He says that for Uber 2.0 to grow and become better, as a leader he knows he must first work on “Travis 2,0.”

The ride-share company has gone through its own personal and public hell over the past years. And to borrow from yet another well-known cliche, “Too whom much is given” — even more is expected. 

During its past eight years, Uber has faced claims of sexual harassment, misconduct, departing executives, racial inequities and more in its workplace culture.

And just two months ago, one employee — an African American man who worked at the company as an engineer, was found dead in his home garage by his wife. His death was ruled a suicide; and his wife said that as an Uber employee, he faced what he obviously felt were insurmountable challenges.

Personally, in my humble opinion, I believe one sign of leadership (not qualifying it as good or bad) is someone who knows when its time to step down; if even for a while. Continue reading

Oh No! Chipotle Hit By Hackers, Customers Payment Info Compromised

*Mexican food retailer Chipotle just can’t seem to get a break. Ever since they were hit with the whole food poisoning claim in 2015, the restaurant chain has been struggling to get their financial footing back on track and convince former customers (I was one of ’em) that it’s safe to come back. They were just beginning to recover financially before they were forced to put out a statement saying hackers have used malware to steal customer payment data from their restaurants over a three-week span.

The breach affects roughly 2,250 restaurants for varying amounts of time between March 24 and April 18, according to what spokesman Chris Arnold told Reuters via email. Continue reading

Even NBC’s Al Roker said “NO!!” to Burger King’s Unholy Mac n’ Cheetos Mash-Up

*Burger King’s Mac n’ Cheetos are back for a limited time!

After selling out quickly in June of 2016, the fast food giant is trotting this unholy hybrid of traditional macaroni and cheese encased in a deep fried Cheetos shell.

Yeah.  That’s what I said.

Let’s just address the elephant in the room:  I’m nervous whenever white folks try to serve up mac & cheese.  There.  I said it.  I love my white folks, but mac & cheese is not one of their strong suits.  Brie and crackers, maybe.  But mac & cheese?  No.

Then, there’s the Cheetos shell.  Even more than I love my white folks, I love my Cheetos. A handful of Flamin’ Hot Puffed Cheetos is hard to beat.  But using that precious Cheetos dust to wrap up what’s basically boxed mac & cheese?  No.

Just no. Continue reading