How I Make an Extra $800 a Month Reselling Thrift Store Clothes on eBay

Like any loyal reader of The Penny Hoarder, I know the value of thrift shops.

To cut expenses, I started shopping for clothes at places like Goodwill and Salvation Army. Thrifting is always hit or miss, but I’ve found many decent items.

One day, I found a pair of NYDJ jeans. I adore the brand for its fit and quality but hate the $ 120 price tag. I was so excited to see them at Goodwill — but they were about four sizes too small.

Dejected, I was about to put them back when it occurred to me that other people love the brand, too. I ended up buying the jeans for just $ 5.

I had an eBay account I’d used once before when I was moving and selling some silly knickknacks, so I listed the jeans there.

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If your thrift store find happens to have the original tags still attached, don’t remove them. Take photos of the clothing with the tags visible, as it gives the buyer a reason to trust your products.

I was utterly shocked when those jeans ended up selling for more than $ 50. That was my first introduction to the idea of reselling thrift store clothes for profit.

Now it’s how I supplement my income and build my savings.

How to Start Selling Clothes on eBay

I started very small.

I didn’t want to spend a lot on startup costs, so I set an initial budget of about $ 75.

I bought a cheap postal scale for $ 21 on Amazon and stocked up on three rolls of packaging tape from the dollar store. For shipping materials, I used USPS’s free flat rate envelopes.

I did some online research to find thrift stores in wealthier areas, where people were more likely to donate higher-end goods. I decided to focus solely on women’s clothing, since I’m more familiar with those brands.

Pro Tip

When selling your products on eBay, choose between auction-style listings — which can provide a faster sale — or “Buy It Now” price listings — which give you more control over the sale price.

I hit just one store and took home five pairs of jeans at $ 5 each, four cashmere sweaters for $ 3 each, two blazers for $ 6 each and one dress for $ 5, bringing my first batch of inventory’s total cost to $ 54.

I read online that a professional eBay listing template was essential, but I couldn’t find a free one to use. Instead, I started all my listings as auctions and offered free shipping. I set the starting price at the item’s purchase cost plus shipping and padded it by $ 2 to cover eBay’s seller fees.

Amazingly, each item went for $ 20-$ 30 over the minimums. I more than tripled my money.

Deciding What to Sell — and How to Sell It

When I realized this hobby could be profitable, I got ruthless in evaluating inventory.

I learned what brands sold well and which didn’t. J.Crew pieces sold instantly, while I could only sell Banana Republic sweaters and trousers; no one would bid on Banana Republic jeans.

If a sweater had even 1% of cashmere, it was a moneymaker — regardless of the brand name.

I started to learn about SEO to get my items in front of more people, and I taught myself some basic HTML using YouTube tutorials so I could build my own templates.

Pro Tip

Show up in searches by including as much description as you can in the title, including the brand, color, size, condition and unique features (or flaws).

I ordered business cards from VistaPrint and bought thank-you notes from the dollar store. Feedback is essential for any eBay seller — and I found mine went up when I included thank-yous.

As my profits grew, I began to get more elaborate. These investments took my business to the next level and increased my profits:

Mannequins

Possibly the best purchase I’ve made (and the most bizarre) is a leg form I bought off Amazon for $ 55.

With just legs and a butt, house guests seemed to think I was a crazy person, but it made pants and jeans look ten times better — and increased the bids on those items.

I also have an expandable dress form for tops and dresses, which was a godsend. It showed the shape and lines of pieces and made them look far nicer than they would have on a hanger.

Dry Cleaning

Some thrift store clothes have been hanging in musty places for some time — and they smell like it.

Rather than spending a fortune at a professional dry cleaner, I throw these items into the dryer with the Woolite DryCleaning system. For less than $ 10, the kit makes full loads of clothes smell fresh and new.

Fabric Shaver

Cashmere is a huge seller.

Many sweaters I find are gorgeous, but were donated because they have heavy pilling.

Five minutes with a $ 9 fabric shaver and those sweaters look brand new! They often sell for $ 50 and up.

Steamer

Rather than ironing, I use a steamer to get wrinkles out for pictures. For less than $ 50, it makes items lay nicely on the dress forms.

Clothespins

For items too big for my dress form, clothespins are essential to show the garment’s shape and details.

Backdrop

I bought a $ 2 white sheet from Goodwill and pinned it to a wall for a clean photo backdrop.

FotoFuze

I use Fotofuze, an online program that removes backgrounds from images, to give pictures of clothing a very professional look.

FotoFuze is free to use, but I pay $ 5 a month for a pro account so I can edit more photos.

What I Make Selling Clothes on eBay

Once I made upgrades with my photos and listings, my items started selling for much more.

After deducting expenses — inventory costs, plus shipping, eBay and Paypal fees — I regularly make between $ 500 and $ 800 a month in profit.

It’s a very part-time job. It usually only takes me about 10 to 15 hours a week to shop for items, take pictures, list items and ship them out.

The money has been excellent supplemental income and helped me significantly boost my savings. And with new clothing donations constantly coming in, I always have fresh inventory to sell.

Kat Tretina is a freelance writer located in Orlando specializing in personal finance. She is a long-time eBay seller and side gig enthusiast.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Celebrate the working mothers of hip hop this Women’s History Month

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Celebrate the working mothers of hip hop this Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, HG contributor DeMicia Inman honors the women, past and present, who incorporate motherhood into their rap careers.

Women are often forced to choose between having a career and having a family. Our patriarchal society makes succeeding on either path difficult, and in any industry, pregnancy is viewed as the end of a woman’s chances for professional success. For Black women, just surviving pregnancy is a feat in itself. The Center for American Progress reports, “African American women are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth than non-Hispanic white women, and socioeconomic status, education, and other factors do not protect against this disparity. Instead, sexism and racism are primary drivers.”

In spite of this discrimination, working mothers break barriers on a daily basis, and women in the hip hop industry have their own special set of parameters when striving for success.

For starters, moms and dads live two different lives in hip hop.

When men rap about women, they are able to treat them as disposable in lyrics dripping in misogyny and insolence. When they become fathers, however, all transgressions are forgiven with one or two songs about how they did not view women as people until the birth of their daughter. But since women are supposed to be the primary caregivers in our society, being a mother and having a rap career is seemingly out of the question. As is the case in any industry, it is believed that successful women should not have children until after their career peaks.

But when it comes to motherhood and hip hop, these ladies have broken the mold.


One of the most dominant rappers in the industry today is a woman and a mother: Cardi B.

Cardi B’s swift takeover of hip hop and pop music did not slow down once she and husband, rapper Offset, announced daughter Kulture to the world—despite what people predicted on social media. In one of Cardi B’s recent uploaded-and-deleted Instagram videos, which she shared after becoming the first woman in history to win Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper expressed the fact that many people counted her out when they learned of her pregnancy.

After growing tired of the backlash stemming from her historic win, a visually frustrated Cardi B took to the social media app and said, “[I] locked myself in the studio for three months my ni**a…didn’t sleep in my own bed. Sometimes for four days straight. Pregnant! Some songs couldn’t even get on the fucking album ‘cause my nose was so fuckin’ stuffy from my pregnancy…while everybody was harassing like, you not gonna do it, we know you pregnant, your career is over. That shit dwelling in my fucking mind while I’m working.”

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Typically unabashed, the rapper had initially shied away from announcing her pregnancy, and as shown above, it was for good reason. Once she revealed her pregnancy on Saturday Night Live, the pressures of motherhood doubled while the spotlight on Cardi B continued to grow. In her June 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, Cardi said that she briefly considered abortion because of beliefs that a baby could ruin her career. In an April 2018 interview with The Breakfast Club radio show, Cardi explained that she knew she had the means to support herself and her baby, adding “Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? Why can’t I have both? I want both.” 

Despite these naysayers, Cardi B continues to prove that any ideas of motherhood hindering her career are only myths, and she incorporates this new role into her art. The rapper’s Coachella debut featured a glowing and pregnant Cardi twerking in all of her glory, her baby bump made appearances on magazine covers, in TV performances, and on red carpets, and Cardi even breastfed baby Kulture during her video for “Money.”

The Grammy-winning rapper is not alone when it comes to balancing motherhood with hip hop success. Contemporary rappers Bbymutha, Rico Nasty, and Yung Miami all share their different experiences navigating motherhood and rap careers.

Whether through intimate documentaries or precise lyricism, these women offer refreshing perspectives in the genre, proving that young Black motherhood has no limits.

Queen of the sugar trap, Rico Nasty’s refreshing presence in hip hop goes beyond her effervescent style of music. While the Nasty rapper often shares photos of her son, Cam, on social media, the world really got to witness Rico Nasty, mother, during her Countin’ Up documentary with FADER. We see that, for Rico, touring means constant calls back home to catch up with Cam, and she prefaces her pregnancy story with a strong “Whew child!” before going into details of heartbreak and tenacity. Following the death of her child’s father before his birth, Rico Nasty explains in the doc how she was determined to succeed:

“You either die or you keep going, that’s it. You don’t have no other option. The world don’t stop. Your job don’t stop. Your kids don’t stop. Money don’t stop…don’t nothing fucking stop unless you stop.”

Underground rapper Bbymutha embraces motherhood not only in her stage name, but through her art.

Bbymutha as a name itself challenges the negative implications of being a “baby mother” by proudly proclaiming it. The Chattanooga artist has two sets of twins, and the children have even made appearances on Bbymutha’s projects. During a recent interview with The Washington Post, Bbymutha revealed how her children impact her art and how she combats feelings of being a bad parent:

“Most of the time, I don’t really look at them as children. I look at them as people and I look at them as extensions of art. So when it comes to making my music, of course I include them in that…”

The rapper added, “You get told so many times in your life after you have kids that it’s all you’re ever going to be.”

When multiple women in hip hop succeed, it is still considered a rarity, which is why we must celebrate it. In addition to all the women currently making their mark in rap, these aforementioned mothers are also pushing an envelope that had been signed and sealed in past decades. Female rappers of the ’80s, ’90s, and early ’00s have also shared their experience of having children and a music career.

In a 2018 interview with Oprah magazine, Bronx rapper Remy Ma reflected on how the music industry influenced her desire for children. “[F]or female artists, it’s on a whole different level. We’re supposed to be seen as sex symbols. You’re told to appear single so people want you and desire you. All of these things are stuck into your head by the industry. So when you’re in the limelight, it takes a special kind of woman to say ‘I don’t care what anybody says.’”

In the same article, Remy shared her struggles to conceive a second child after experiencing ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage during the filming of Love & Hip Hop: New York, on which she appears with husband, rapper Papoose.  Since then, Remy became pregnant again and the couple welcomed their baby girl, a self-proclaimed “Golden Child,” into the world in December 2018.

Lauryn Hill’s groundbreaking, Grammy award-winning solo album of 1998, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, features the song “To Zion.” The song joyfully celebrates Hill’s first son (she would go on to have six children) and references industry pressures that tried to convince her to delay motherhood: “I knew his life deserved a chance / But everybody told me to be smart / Look at your career they said / Lauryn, baby use your head / But instead I chose to use my heart.”

With a bright future in rap and R&B in the late ’90s, the saga ended after Miseducation; Hill is still hailed as one of rap’s greatest, but she never released another album. When discussing her decision to stop recording music, she told NPR in 2010, “…partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place.”

In 1990, Pepa of all-female rap trio Salt-N-Pepa gave birth to her first son. That year, Salt-N-Pepa was also among hip hop’s biggest stars with the release of their platinum album Blacks’ Magic. This was followed by a 1992 Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the song, “Let’s Talk About Sex.” Soon, all three members had become mothers, but their commercial success continued. In 1995, their fourth studio album Very Necessary earned them hit after hit with “Shoop,” “Whatta Man,” and the sexual freedom anthem, “None Of Your Business.” The latter resulted in their first Grammy win, making the three mothers the first women in rap to take home the gold.

In their April 1995 cover story with Jet, group members Salt, Pepa, and DJ Spinderella revealed that being mothers meant no more shortcuts in their career. “With children, we have to think about the future because you have someone depending on you,” said Salt.

Pepa added, “Now we have to be in control. It’s coming to a realization that this career, this life is yours. You have to do what you have to do and take no shortcuts.”

Salt N Pepa at 37th Grammy Awards
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What women like Remy, Lauryn, and Salt-N-Pepa did—and what women like Cardi B, Rico Nasty, and Bbymutha continue to do—is make space for other women so that motherhood will not defer their dreams. Mothers in hip hop can encourage industry standards to change, and through their music, they will flip the script in a male-dominated industry. These women prove that having a child and a career in rap is not only possible, but worth celebrating.

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It’s National Kidney Month – here’s what you should know about how to keep your kidneys healthy.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSES OF KIDNEY DISEASE, AND WHY SHOULD AFRICAN AMERICANS BE CONCERNED ABOUT IT?

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the main causes of kidney disease, and your chances of having diabetes and high blood pressure depend on a combination of factors, including your genes and lifestyle. Rates of diabetes, high blood pressure tend to be higher in the African-American community. For this reason, African-Americans have a greater chance of developing kidney disease.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DISEASE?

Early-stage kidney disease usually has no symptoms. Many people don’t know they have kidney disease until just before their kidneys fail. If your kidneys fail, you’ll have to either go on dialysis or get a kidney transplant.

As kidney disease gets worse, you may have a range of problems including leg swelling, itchy or dry skin, anemia, bone disease, and heart disease. Other symptoms can be found on NIDDK’s kidney disease health information pages.

HOW ARE DIABETES AND KIDNEY DISEASE RELATED?

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. Nearly 1 in 3 people with diabetes has kidney disease. High blood glucose, also called blood sugar, from diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you will have kidney disease, which is why it’s important to take steps to manage your diabetes.

HOW IS KIDNEY DISEASE TREATED?

You can’t reverse progressive kidney damage, but you may be able to avoid or delay dialysis or a kidney transplant with medications and lifestyle changes, such as controlling your blood pressure and meeting your blood glucose goal if you have diabetes. It’s also important to take all medications prescribed for you.

Other ways to manage your kidney disease can be found on NIDDK’s kidney disease health information pages.

WHO’S MOST AT RISK FOR GETTING KIDNEY DISEASE?

If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure, you have a greater chance of developing kidney disease and should talk to your health care provider about getting tested.

African-Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians have a greater risk of developing kidney disease, mostly due to higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in these communities.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET YOUR KIDNEYS CHECKED?

Many people don’t find out they have kidney disease until their kidneys are permanently damaged. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure, you should talk to your health care provider about getting tested.

Your health care provider will help decide how often you should be tested. If you have diabetes, for example, you should get tested every year.

IS KIDNEY DISEASE HEREDITARY?

The main causes of kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, include a combination of factors, including your genes and lifestyle. A family history of kidney failure, as well as heart disease, also increases your chances of developing kidney disease.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE LISTENING DO TO KEEP THEIR KIDNEYS HEALTHY?

You can help protect yourself from kidney disease and its causes—diabetes and high blood pressure—by adopting a healthy lifestyle for your entire family. Try taking steps such as managing your blood pressure, making physical activity part of your routine, aiming for a healthy weight, and getting enough sleep – 7 to 8 hours each night.

This year, we’re encouraging people at risk to start the conversation with their health care provider by asking these three questions:

  1. Have I been tested for kidney disease and how healthy are my kidneys?
  2. How often should I get my kidneys checked?
  3. What should I do to keep my kidneys healthy?

Again, kidney disease usually has no symptoms, which is why it’s important for people who are at risk to get tested. Taking action now can help protect your kidneys.

HOW CAN WE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT KIDNEY DISEASE AMONG COMMUNITIES MOST AT RISK?

For those who are part of a church community, NIDDK’s Kidney Sundays toolkit provides tips and tools to spread the word about kidney disease in your faith communities. The toolkit includes materials that can be used by anyone who wants to conduct a Kidney Sundays event or activity in their community. And Kidney Sundays don’t have to happen only during the month of March. Any Sunday can be a Kidney Sunday.

The NIDDK also developed the Family Reunion Health Guide to help African-American families talk about kidney health. As families plan their reunions – which often happen during the summer months – we hope they will consider incorporating these materials to educate their family members about kidney health. And NIDDK encourages people to use this health guide to educate not just family – but friends, too – about kidney disease throughout the year.

WHY IS IT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WITH KIDNEY DISEASE DON’T KNOW THEY HAVE A PROBLEM?

It can be scary to talk about kidney disease, which is why we have developed some questions which can be used to help start a  conversation with a health care provider.

Here are three questions to help you start a discussion:

  1. Have I been tested for kidney disease, and what do my test results say about the health of my kidneys?
  2. How often should I get my kidneys checked?
  3. What should I do to keep my kidneys healthy or manage my kidney health\

GRIFFIN P. RODGERS was named Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)—one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—on April 1, 2007. He had served as NIDDK’s Acting Director since March 2006 and had been the Institute’s Deputy Director since January 2001. As the Director of NIDDK, Dr. Rodgers provides scientific leadership and manages a staff of over 600 employees and a budget of $ 2.0 billion.

Dr. Rodgers received his undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees from Brown University in Providence, R.I. He performed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His fellowship training in hematology was in a joint program of the NIH with George Washington University and the Washington Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition to his medical and research training, he earned an MBA, with a focus on the business of medicine/science, from Johns Hopkins University in 2005.


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One writer put a booze ban – and the Fibroscan – to the test

How much do you drink on an average night out? Two glasses of Prosecco? Three? A bottle – or two?

No judgement here. Personally, I fall onto the latter end of the scale, and add a couple of Tequilas for good measure. I’ll readily admit it – I’m a binge drinker. I’d never buy a bottle of wine to drink on a school night, but as soon as the weekend hits it’s a different story. I’ll spend Saturday evening knocking back the bubbles and Sunday afternoon glued to the couch eating toasted sandwiches and gulping down mugs of gravy (it’s a cure, don’t @ me).

And I’m definitely not alone. The UK has a bit of a bad rep when it comes to alcohol; according to a study by Drink Aware, 27% of Brits were identified as binge drinkers because they consumed more than six to eight units (between two large glasses of wine to four low-strength pints) in a single session. The Office for National Statistics found that 7.8 million people in the UK binge drink.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that there are so many campaigns to get people cutting out alcohol for a month. Whether it’s to offset the effects of an indulgent Christmas period, or simply to ‘detox’ and improve our health, 4.2 million of us vowed to quit drinking (for thirty days, at least) this January.

Giving up your favourite tipple for just over four weeks of the year can reportedly aid weight loss, decrease blood pressure, and reduce the risk of diabetes. On top of that, it’ll supposedly give you a healthy glow, shiny eyes and a new lease of life.

Waking up one morning with no memory of getting home and an empty bank account, I decided I wanted to try going dry. I was desperate to see if a month without shots and bubbles would really make a difference to my health.

My life might be wildly different. I could smugly run 10ks on a Sunday morning, and I’d never avoid reading my Whatsapp sent messages again.

But first, I needed to know what was going on inside. I had to find out what state my liver was in.

I booked an appointment with Consultant Hepatologist Dr. William Alazawi at London Bridge Hospital, part of HCA UK, about whether a month off the sauce can really make a difference to your liver health.

‘Let’s say it’s Friday night, how much would you drink?’ he starts.

prosecco

I cringe and consider offering a conservative estimation instead. We work out that my weekendly two-and-a-half bottles of Prosecco plus a couple of tequilas gave me a grand total of 26 units. Add to that what I’d drink if I had mid-week dinner plans and my average weekly total, rather worryingly, became 30 units.

For context, the recommended weekly is fourteen. FOURTEEN. I start to panic a little about what I’d been doing to my poor liver for the last 10+ years. How much does an individual have to drink before it starts having a negative impact?

Unfortunately, he tells me that there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

‘What we know is that continued harmful drinking at a very high level in excess of those recommended limits increases your risk of developing liver problems. But that’s not to say that everybody who drinks more than that is going to end up with cirrhosis,’ he explains.

So can thirty booze-free days really make a difference if you’ve spent as many years as I have torturing the poor organ?

‘If you stop drinking for a month, I can’t guarantee you that every last wisp of scar tissue will go away, I can’t guarantee you that the fat will go away, so I can’t guarantee you that your Fibroscan score will get better,’ Dr Alazawi admits.

‘But by stopping drinking, it can give a bit of breathing space. If someone is otherwise healthy, eats well, has no underlying genetic abnormalities that may predispose you to liver disease, then stopping drinking can help.’

It was time to bite the bullet and see what was going on.

So what is a Fibroscan?

A Fibroscan is essentially an ultrasound of the liver to test its condition and get a good idea of how fatty and stiff it is. It’s non-invasive, instead checking for inflammation using high frequency sound waves. The quicker the sound bounces back, the more supple the liver, and the more supple the liver, the healthier it is.

‘The most common thing we find when we do a scan is a bit of fat in the liver,’ Dr Alazawi explains.

‘Fat in the liver may represent being overweight, it might be associated with diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol – or it might be related to alcohol.

‘Over time, what can happen is that the liver can become very fatty. While that in itself doesn’t harm the liver, in some people the fat and alcohol can injure the liver cells themselves. So they’re no longer just sitting there with fat inside them but they’re actually now being damaged.

‘There’s inflammation because that’s our body’s response when there’s any damage, and if the injury doesn’t go away then you get scar tissue, and that scar tissue is called fibrosis and the extreme end of this is called cirrhosis. The scar tissue is harder than normal soft, supple liver tissue and that’s where the Fibroscan comes in.’

Dr. Alazawi began the examination by lightly knocking at my right side, attempting to find a good hollow point. Thanks to some rather inconveniently placed ribs, it took a little longer than expected to find the sweet spot. But once we got there, it was over in just a few minutes.

Using a pen-like device, he gently prodded the spot where my liver could most easily be examined through my awkwardly positioned bones and the readings began appearing on the screen. With every light pulse, new numbers and images appeared that I couldn’t decipher, but they were rating my liver for fattiness and scarring/inflammation.

After ten light pops, it was done. Easy. So what did it tell me?

As expected, the Fibroscan detected that my liver was a little on the tough side. Slightly stiffer than it should be, but nothing to be too concerned about, apparently. Phew. Maybe I could reverse the damage after all. But could I do it in a month?

The results of not drinking for a month

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I decided to conduct this experiment during a month when I knew there would be plenty of opportunities to drink – December. As my family and friends knocked back flute after flute, I was sipping on soda waters with fresh lime.

But I did it. A month without drinking – I felt like a new woman. I was sleeping better, I was more sociable on the weekends and my skin definitely looked brighter. Not to mention the money I saved. I was happy to bow out early at parties, meaning no costly 3am Ubers, and I was free of ‘The Fear’.

Satisfactorily smug, I skipped back to the London Digestive Centre to see Dr. Alazawi and find out if my booze-free month had made a difference to my slighter-tougher-than-it-should-be liver.

And the results were surprising. The Fibroscan read that my liver had indeed softened up dramatically after just thirty days – but the test also revealed that it was fattier. Huh?

The reason for this, Dr Alazawi explains, could be that the tests are not usually repeated so close together and the amount of fat in the liver does vary a lot from day to day. Also, when it comes to excessive fat it’s usually down to a combination of things: a healthy diet and lifestyle also come into play. So while cutting out alcohol over an extended period of time can help a fatty liver, it’s important to remember that it’s not the only cause. While the Fibroscan is used as an indication of liver health, it’s not an exact science.

‘The other issue is it’s not just your liver,’ Dr Alazawi explains.

‘[Alcohol] can affect the heart, the skin, the reproductive system, the brain, your kidneys. There are a lot of ways that alcohol can affect your body.’

But if thirty days booze-free doesn’t make that much difference to your liver, should you bother with these ‘detoxes’ or are they all just a fad?

‘If by stepping away from the booze for a month you also think about your diet, more exercise, if it makes you sleep better, gives you a better sense of wellbeing, makes you more positive, whatever it may be…. then it’s probably a good thing,’ he continues.

‘People might think about how they feel when they drink less, and that may well have a resetting beneficial impact throughout the year.’

Who should have a Fibroscan?

According to Dr Alazawi, NICE recommends that if a woman drinks more than 35 units a week, and a man 50, and they’re worried about their alcohol consumption, they should have a Fibroscan.

However, it can also give a good indication of what else is going on with your body – as I found out.

A week after my consultation, I got a phone call from Dr. Alazawi. Something had caught his attention after our meeting. Following the Fibroscan, I had several blood tests under his instruction just to make sure that everything was okay, and they detected that I potentially have an underactive thyroid which would need to be monitored regularly and could result in me taking lifelong medication. It’s something that affects my mum and sister, but without having the test done, I would have been none the wiser.

So whether you’re a binge or heavy drinker, or just want a peek at what’s going on with your liver, the Fibroscan can be used as a tool to see inside and get a good glimpse of your health.

For information, prices and to book a Fibroscan, visit www.hcahealthcare.co.uk

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5 Steps for Budgeting If Your Income Changes From Month to Month

Budgeting is difficult no matter what you make or how predictable your salary is.

But it can be even harder if your income fluctuates month to month based on commission, sales, tips or how many shifts you’re given.

If you’re having trouble budgeting with an irregular paycheck, don’t give up. Here are five steps to budgeting if you have a variable income.

How to Budget With Variable Income

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As you would with any budget, you’ll need to figure out what comes in and make what’s going out fit your needs. Even with an irregular income, there are only a few tweaks to the system.

1. Average Out Your Yearly and Monthly Income

A lot of jobs — whether in sales or hospitality — pay an hourly rate. If it’s significant, you can use that as your baseline.

Then, go through your bank statements for the past year and calculate what you made in commission and tips every month.

This will be easier if you’ve been in your current position for over a year. If you haven’t, calculate it for the months you can, and ask your co-workers about how and when their income fluctuates.

The goal is to have a realistic prediction of the minimum you should take home each month of the year.

2. Determine Your Monthly Sinking Fund Requirements

Because your expenses likely won’t change month to month like your income, it’s important to save during your high-earning months, so that you can pull from those savings in the sparse months — kind of like an income sinking fund.

Tara Frenck, a bartender at a brewery in St. Petersburg, Florida, has a noticeable high season and low season. Frenck tries to save 20% of her income every week to cover unexpected expenses — and even more than that in the busy season.

It’s taken some years of practice and saving, but at this point, I have not had to go without anything that I need or want, although my wants aren’t much,” she said.

Once you have your annual and monthly numbers, divide your annual projected income by 12 to get your monthly average. Calculate the difference between your monthly average and your expected income for every month.

You’ll get either a positive or negative number. A positive number is the minimum you need to save in that month; a negative is the maximum you can pull from your income sinking fund.

3. List Your Monthly Expenses

Now, go through your bank statements and list all of your expenses, no matter how small. Start with the last three months, then add annual or biannual expenses like insurance and car registration.

List your sinking funds as well. In addition to your income sinking fund, everyone needs an emergency fund for surprise expenses. Other potential saving options include a medical fund, car fund, Christmas gift fund and pet fund.

Most of your monthly expenses will vary month to month, at least by a little bit. You can average them the same way you average your income.

Sometimes, companies will do this for you. Many energy companies offer a free budget billing payment option that automatically averages your usage and gives you a set bill every month.

When you’re listing expenses, be as thorough as possible. Some commonly forgotten budget categories include tolls, technology replacements, professional memberships and fees, home and lawn maintenance, haircuts and ride-sharing costs.

4. Separate and Order Expenses Based on Importance

Once you’ve laid them all out, separate necessary and discretionary expenses. Necessary means essential to surviving now or in the future. Discretionary expenses are any additional expenses that enrich your life but aren’t necessary for survival.

After separating your expenses, it’s time to prioritize. The most important things to survival are food, water, utilities, a roof over your head and the ability to work. So your first priorities should look something like this:

  • Housing (i.e., rent or mortgage).
  • Groceries.
  • Water/utilities.
  • Electricity.
  • Transportation (car payment, bus pass, etc.).
  • Uniforms/work clothes.

Next should be savings — namely, transferring your monthly surplus to a high-yield savings account or pulling your surplus from one. Aim for at least $ 1,000 in an emergency fund. How much you save beyond that figure will depend on where you are financially and your personal preference.

Assign values to each saving category based on your spending toward your sinking fund and minimum debt payments. Try to take advantage of any 401(k) match your employer offers, and make IRA contributions if you’re able. So your savings might look something like this:

  • Emergency fund.
  • Debt payments.
  • Sinking funds.
  • Retirement savings.

That’s typically the extent of necessary expenses. What you bring in monthly needs to at least cover these costs, ideally even during your lowest income months. Then you can prioritize all your discretionary expenses in the order you see fit.

5. Budget for Discretionary Expenses

Once all your priority expenses are listed, you’ll need to add values to your discretionary expenses. Use the zero-based budgeting approach to make sure your priorities are funded, and give realistic values to everything else. Here’s how to do it.

Once all the necessities are paid for, you’ll go down your list of discretionary expenses as you have extra income and fund each category until you’re at zero.

So, let’s say part of your discretionary budget looks like this:

  • Gym membership: $ 33
  • Coffee: $ 20
  • Restaurants: $ 100

If you’ve funded all your categories above that and you have $ 100 left, you can pay for your gym and coffee addictions and you’ll have $ 47 for restaurants that month. If there are any items below restaurants, they’ll have to wait to be funded until next month (or next paycheck).

Budgeting on an irregular income allows you to maintain a quality of life that’s not as dependent on the ebbs and flows of a business. Frenck deposits most of her $ 20 bills and uses the other bills for petty cash. It’s just one way she evens out her cash flow. She also changes up how she spends her free time throughout the year.

I do enjoy the occasional fine-dining experience — say, once a week in the good season, not so much in the slow,” Frenck said. “I also try to plan any trips or vacations in the slow seasons, knowing I wouldn’t be making as much working during that time.

Whatever you’re trying to save for travel or another financial goal, a budget — even an irregular one — will help you get there.

Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives money-saving and debt-payoff tips on Instagram at @modernfrugality.

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6 Great Books to Read During Black History Month

During Black History Month, we encourage you to reflect on the contributions of our past leaders as well as current ones. We encourage you to seek knowledge from a mix of platforms. February is a powerful month, because Black folks worldwide collectively celebrate our achievements, so why not feed your soul with content. This month, we recommend 6 books that’ll pull at your heart strings or at least inform you of our accomplishments. Check out our booklist: 6 Books You Should Read During Black History Month!

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Bold. Beautiful. Poetic. Meet Xiomara Batista, a beautiful Afro-Latina from New York City who is deeply invested in poetry. Once she starts to grow into her bodily figure, her fierceness emerges. It is then that a Harlem star is born. Armed with a leather notebook, Xiomara jots her passions and frustrations down unapologetically. Struggling with feelings she has for a boy in her bio class as well as family issues with Mami, Xiomara puts it all on the line when she joins a slam poetry club.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by a short story she wrote in college about the police shooting of Oscar Grant, author Angie Thomas turned a brief narrative into a debut novel, The Hate U Give. The book, which follows Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who joins the activism set after she witnesses the police shooting of friend. Painful, yet inspiring, The Hate U Give shows how adversity can lead to action. In 2018, The Hate U Give was adapted and it premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You by Marley Dias
Reign on Ms. Dias! Marley’s debut book is inspirational. We get to see a young and determined influencer in rare form. In Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You, readers get an up close look at the young phenomenon who is committed to activism, equity and inclusion, social justice and knowledge. The New Jersey native, who is the brainchild behind the dynamic campaign #1000BlackGirlBooks uses this book to promote literacy, diversity, and the importance of community support.

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They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima
The story of Christopher Columbus is a classic one and his journey is a staple in the classroom. However, many have questioned his story. What is truth? Did Columbus get here first? In They Came Before Columbus readers discover (from the authors point of view) that Africans were already present in ancient America long before Columbus. Supported by journals and oral accounts, author Ivan Van Sertima makes a powerful claim backed with real sources that Africans made a mark in the New World and shaped our current civilization.

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Inspirational and empowering, get to meet 40 powerful Black women who made a difference throughout U.S history. Short and sweet, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History provides quick biographical notes about phenomenal leaders who include filmmaker Julie Dash, Gwen Ifill, and more. If you are among little researchers, we advise this book for their collection.

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women And The Space Race
Based on the Academy Award-nominated movie Hidden Figures which starred stellar actresses Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, we get the bold narrative which explores four African-American NASA mathematicians. During their tenure, they shattered glass ceilings by providing calculations that were necessary to support space missions. A great read for STEM-focused students, Hidden Figures shows that Black Magic is found everywhere.

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Black History Month is underway, and black people are getting all the feels that come with historical blackness. The month of February signifies a celebration of all things black. Together, we collectively acknowledge the African American experience—dating back to 1619 when the first enslaved African pressed his feet onto American soil. It is only right to pay homage to our ancestors’ malleability, black excellence, and those who have impacted our history as well as the culture. It is also a good time to soak up all the unknown stories and marvels of our heritage. Plenty is surfacing online via social media. However, black books are the ultimate source to immerse ourselves in the resilience and wonderment of blackness past and present.

18 Best Black Books for Black History Month 

 

1. Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl

This slave narrative by Harriet Ann Jacobs was originally published in 1861 just as the American Civil War began. Jacobs fictionalized her own story on the horrors of slave life as a young girl, specifically one having to deal with the sexual harassment projected by her slaveholder and the physical violence of his jealous wife.

Best Black Books

 Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl, Thayer & Eldridge

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2. The Marrow of Tradition

Charles W. Chesnutt was a prolific black writer who could very well pass for white but refused to. This historical text, published at the turn of the century, depicts the Wilmington Race Riots in 1898. It focuses on racial politics, violence, and blackface during Reconstruction, and sadly, echoes events happening today.

Best Black Books

The Marrow of Tradition, Haughton, Mifflin, and Company

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3.The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man

James Weldon Johnson, the creator of the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” shares the story of being raised by a black mother, but also believing that he was as white as his school-age peers due to his biracial heritage. His loss of innocence comes as he is discriminated against by his teacher. Throughout the text, Johnson gives firsthand accounts and observations of occupying two racial spaces, fitting into neither, yet being forced to choose one.

Best Black Books

The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man, Sherman, French & Co.

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4. Mules and Men

Zora Neale Hurston flexes her anthropology chops in this book that published in 1935. She gathers and documents cultural information from her native Florida, and New Orleans, and brings forth the beauty of common folk; their voice, their diction, their living, their way.

Best Black Books

Mules and Men, Harper Collins

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5. Invisible Man

This existential text told the story of a lone, nameless black man navigating a white world and, eventually, we find him so isolated from society to align and protect himself from the powers that be. It is an allegory for the entire black race, which is mistreated, objectified, commodified, and cast aside in such a way that it may as well be invisible.

Best Black Books

The Invisible Man, Random House

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6. Go Tell It On The Mountain

Christianity has close ties to the black American experience, and in many instances it is inextricable. Baldwin puts the beauty and the problematic on the page by way of a young man attempting to negotiate being black, religious, unloved, and possibly gay. Go Tell It On The Mountain is an exploration of identity and migration.

Best Black Books

Go Tell It On The Mountain, Knopf

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7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

We are blessed to have this book in the world. Alex Haley documented X’s life-changing story for two years prior to his assassination. The book posthumously was published in 1965.

Best Black Books

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Ballantine Books

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8. Dopefiend

Long before the crack era of the 1980s, heroine wreaked havoc on black communities. Donald Goines, a brilliant writer of street literature captures the pain of addiction perfectly.

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Dopefiend, Holloway House

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9. Roots

Alex Haley’s family tree is the context for Roots. It tells the story of his matriarchal forefather’s journey from Africa, through the middle passage, and through chattel slavery and is carried on by his descendants. The text was integral to African Americans wanting to know their family roots, and sparking interest in genealogy.

 

Best Black Books

Roots, Doubleday

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10. For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Ntozake Shange took the Black Arts movement by storm when her collection of choreopoems hit theaters. These monologues are rooted in black feminism and speak specifically to the intersectionality of race and sexism black women experience.

Best Black Books

For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, Bantam Books

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11. Song of Solomon

This Nobel Prize-winning book traces the history of a black family and shows the nuance and complexity of black community rarely highlighted in mainstream literature—through Morrison’s remarkable storytelling and beautiful words.

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Song of Solomon, Alfred Knopf

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12. The Color Purple

If there has ever been a story told about black trauma, toxic masculinity, and survival, The Color Purple by Alice Walker will likely come up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book made it to the big screen three years after its 1982 publishing date.

Best Black Books

The Color Purple, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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13. How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America 

This list would be remiss without this text from BLACK ENTERPRISE founder and publisher Earl G. Graves Sr. His shoot-from-the-hip commentary on what it takes to be a great, black entrepreneur in a white world is just the prescription the black business world needs.

Best Black Books

How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America, Harper Collins

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14. The Coldest Winter Ever

The cold, harsh reality of drug culture bleeds off these pages. It effectively captures the allure of the game while serving its consequences as well.

Best Black Books

The Coldest Winter Ever, Simon & Schuster

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15. The New Jim Crow

Mass incarceration has long plagued the black community. While representing just 13% of the nation’s population, black people make up 40% of the prison population. Michelle Alexander links this disparity to the war on drugs created to militarize police and fracture black communities, but also exposes its lasting effect as well as its ongoing nature.

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The New Jim Crow, The New Press

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16. The Underground Railroad

If you ever thought the Underground Railroad was an actual railroad when growing up, don’t feel ashamed. Colson Whitehead puts that perspective in play in this Pulitzer Prize-winning, historical text. It is a refreshing fictional look at slavery.

 

 

Best Black Books

The Underground Railroad, Doubleday

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17. The World According To Fannie Davis

Numbers playing is a part of the black culture that is common, yet elusive. The life of a black woman numbers runner is written alongside the historical events and the backdrop of black Detroit.

Best Black Books

The World According To Fannie Davis, St. Martin’s Press

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18. Heavy: An American Memoir

This memoir is a reckoning of the internal and external conflict within blackness. Kiese Laymon lays out parts of his life in intricate detail, taking the reader through observations of violence against black folk and violence committed by them as well. This is the story of a life filled with contradictions, tragedy, and resilience.

Best Black Books

Heavy: An American Memoir, Simon & Schuster

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AT&T ‘Dream In Black’ Black Future Month Celebrates Black Creators

The AT&T “Dream In Black” Black Future Month launches by celebrating people who are making history now while shaping the new future. Black Future Month highlights inspiring black creators including Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Reginae Carter, Terrence J, Phoebe Robinson, DeVon Franklin, Zendaya, Van Jones, Vic Mensa, Lena Waithe, Omari Hardwick, Jamil Smith, Angela Yee, Baron Davis, and a slew of others.

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Black History Month, a time when we reflect on the leaders of the past who helped pave the way for black excellence today. It’s thanks to these great people throughout history that this generation has more potential to accomplish their dreams than ever before,” Queen Latifah said in a statement to Black Enterprise. “The black community is facing a new generation of infinite possibilities, if you can dream it, you can do it.”



Week-over-week, they will roll out their futurists and the display will culminate on the 28th with the last futurist being selected by you in a competition-style. The organization invites everyone to connect with AT&T this month by posting a photo/video sharing history in the making by using #DreamInBlack for a chance to be honored as the Dream in Black 28 Future Maker.

“At AT&T, we come to work every day to make a difference in people’s lives. That’s why we’re so proud to join in the celebration of Black History Month. It recognizes an extraordinary legacy of helping others. Our Black Future Makers campaign honors the great trailblazers who inspired the next generation of leaders called ‘The Dream in Black 28,” stated John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications.

In addition to selecting key figures, other initiatives have been added to the celebration. The organization has also taken the liberty to highlight movie and television shows that African Americans should pay attention to as they are currently changing the scope of how we view ourselves on television. Shows include True Detective, black-ish, Empire, God Friended Me, American Soul, The Chi, Power, This is Us, 2 Dope Queens, and Greenleaf, to name a few.

Additionally, to help celebrate, AT&T has created the Exclusive Dream in Black gif pack and keyboard emojis that represent nothing less than black excellence. The gifs have already been released but, the emojis will be ready to hit our keyboards shortly.

“We also work hard to align our business practices with our values,” continued Donovan. “A good example is our Supplier Diversity program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Through this effort, we’ve spent more than $ 158 billion with minority, woman, service-disabled veteran and LGBT businesses.

And we’re proud to see our employees stepping up to lead AT&T Believes campaigns in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, and elsewhere. These initiatives show our company’s spirit of service and commitment to a better future for everyone.”

AT&T continues to support organizations like Black Girls Code by supplying them with financial resources that allow young black girls to continue to create and innovate. Their latest check was a capital infusion of $ 350,000, which was used to increase access to technology and entrepreneurship skill-building opportunities for underserved and underrepresented youths.

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Obviously someone at adidas wasn’t wearing their thinking cap when curating a nod to African Americans. To many, A pair of mayonnaise flavored shoes were insensitive to say the least.

As per Hypebeast the sporting goods manufacturer definitely took a cultural loss when it came to their Black History Month collection. Included in the drop was a UltraBOOST model which in theory would make sense given it is one of their most popular sellers. Problem was it was an all white silhouette AND was named “UNCAGED”. Naturally the move got a huge side eye from sneaker enthusiasts and anybody with a bit of common sense alike.

Considering the set were made in the spirit of “Celebrating Black Culture” adidas released a formal statement apologizing for the huge faux pas.

“Adidas released a new collection in celebration of Black History Month featuring designs inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. It includes footwear and apparel across a variety of categories. Toward the latter stages of the design process, we added a running shoe to the collection that we later felt did not reflect the spirit or philosophy of how adidas believes we should recognize and honor Black History Month. After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw the product from the collection.”

The sneaker has since been pulled. Other feet pieces included in the collection include re-invisioned versions of the Dame 5, Harden Vol. 3 and a Harlem inspired UltraBOOST. The adidas Black History Month went on sale starting February 5 here.

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Chamillionaire has opted for tech ventures over slabs but the Houston every man is still finding ways to give back. Cham announced on Twitter Friday night that he’s set to donate $ 10,000 to the founder of a black company for Black History Month.

“I was with my circle of peers, a lot of conversations about better ways to support black founders and entrepreneurs,” Cham says in the video. “More ways we can invest more money back into our communities. And since it’s Black History Month, I want to kick it off by donating $ 10,000 in a black founder’s company. Of all the money being raised out there, companies with black founders make up %1 and companies with black women founders make up .2% so we gotta do better.”

Cham says he’ll reveal more details soon but this is an amazing look, especially for a black start-up looking to make waves.

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15 Top Civil Rights Songs That Promote Freedom and Justice for Black History Month

During Black History Month it is important to reflect and think about how much change is still needed since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. To get inspired to continue to make a difference, take a look at these top civil rights songs you should have on your playlist rotation.

15 Top Civil Rights Songs 

1.Glory – Common ft. John Legend

‘Glory’ is a collaborative track by John Legend along with rapper Common from the soundtrack of the 2014 film Selma.The song contains powerful and meaningful lyrics, such as, “Freedom is like religion to us, justice is juxtaposition in us.”

 

2. Freedom – Various Artists

This 90s classic, featuring top music stars across several genres, including TLC, SWV, En Vogue, Queen Latifah, Patra, Michelle Ndegeocello, Aaliyah, and Vanessa Williams, was a major girl-power moment during the time. It is included on the soundtrack for “Panther” a 1995 Mario Van Peebles film about the controversial political group.

 

3. Harder Than You Think – Public Enemy

‘Harder Than You Think’ is the first single off of Public Enemy’s 20th anniversary album, which was released in 2007. The song was also selected by NBC to debut on their Super Bowl XLIX commercial. Public Enemy’s ‘Say It Like It Is’ is the backdrop for the Selma trailer. This song is definitely empowering.

 

4. One Love – Elle Varner

“I know it’s crazy to think of this daily; imagine no one needing guns, only once impossible maybe…” These lyrics are the opening words to this song, which revolves around the idea that one day we can change and have a peaceful world.

 

5. Black Rage – Lauryn Hill

This song was dedicated by the artist to Ferguson, to help promote peace and support those fighting for racial equality in Mississippi. There are sounds of children in the background of the song, and shares the factors she believes that inspires “black rage.”

 

6. Don’t Shoot – The Game ft. Various Artists

This song is also a tribute to Michael Brown. Purchases on iTunes go directly to the Michael Brown Charity. The heartfelt song brings together all your favorite rappers for an unforgettable hit.



 

 

7. We Gotta Pray – Alicia Keys

This song is inspiring for anybody, where the superstar sings, “Sirens everywhere, singing that street song. Violence everywhere, barely holding on…” The song was produced immediately after the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner. The three-minute long song begs for strength and peaceful protests. At the end of the video, Eric Garner’s face is shown.

 

 

8. We Shall Overcome

This song was made as a protest song, and became a staple song during the Civil Rights Movement. The song derived from a previous gospel song by Charles Albert Tindley. ‘We Will Overcome’ was published in 1948. Joan Baez performed the song live at the White House for President Obama.

 

 

9. Lift Every Voice and Sing- James Weldon Johnson

Also known as the “Black American National Anthem”, the song was first performed as part of a poem in 1900 in a segregated school in Jacksonville, Fla. Principal of the Stanton School, James Johnson, wrote the poem to honor guest speaker Booker T. Washington. The song has been redone by various artists including Ray Charles (his rendition below), Bebe Winans, Maya Angelou and Melba Moore. When Rene Marie was asked to perform the national anthem in 2008 at a civic event in Colorado, she caused massive controversy by swapping the words for the lyrics of Lift Every Voice and Sing. The Rev. Joseph Lowery also used lyrics from the song at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony in 2009.


10. Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2

A major hit for international sensations U2, this song become an anthem for peace, freedom and human rights. It was inspired by the civil rights movement and celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

11. Say it Loud, I’m Black and Proud – James Brown

The lyrics of this song focus on prejudice blacks in America have faced. It was released in two separate singles but both held the No. 1 spot on the R&B singles chart for six weeks. It also peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song quickly became a black power anthem.

 

 

12. I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers

‘I’ll Take You There’ was on the Hot 100 for 15 straight weeks, and eventually reached the number one spot. The song is also looked at as a “call-and-response” type of song. While it was released in 1972, it still remains one of the most recognized and successful songs of the century.



 

13. When the Revolution Comes- The Last Poets

Released in 1970, right in the heart of the civil rights movement, after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. The song was extremely fitting, and definitely caused a frenzy.

 

14. Get Up, Stand Up- Bob Marley and Peter Tosh

Marley created this song during his Haitian tour, after seeing the poverty stricken country. The song is symbolic for standing against oppression, and is a international Bob Marley legendary hit.



 

15. The Times They Are A’ Changin – Bob Dylan

In 1964, Bob Dylan produced the album: The Times They Are A’ Changin, and the first song had the same title. The album consists of songs that address racism, poverty, and plead for social reform and positive change. One of his most famous songs is this one, and Dylan says it was a song with purpose.

 

Don’t see one of your favorite empowering songs on this list? Let us know a few more in the comment box below or give a shout out to and follow @BlackEnterprise on Twitter or Instagram.)

 

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Black History Month: The Son of a Slave Who Ran for President, George Edwin Taylor

Almost a century before Barack Obama made history as the first African American to become president of the United States in 2008, a black man by the name of George Edwin Taylor set his eyes on the White House in 1904.

Born in 1857 as the son of a free woman and an African American slave, Taylor worked as a professional journalist before getting involved in politics. However, he discovered that neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party represented the interests of people of color.

In 1904, an all-black independent party called The National Liberty Party nominated Taylor to run for president on a third-party ticket. Taylor’s candidacy was largely ridiculed as a joke and his name was left off the ballot in most states. Nevertheless, Theodore Roosevelt was re-elected as president. Still, Taylor’s run symbolized the growth of political power that black Americans acquired following the Reconstruction Era.

According to Jacksonville.com, a few days after the election, Taylor explained in a newspaper interview why he decided to launch a presidential campaign.

“Yes, I know most white folks take me as a joke … but I want to tell you the colored man is beginning to see a lot of things that the white folks do not give him credit for seeing. He’s beginning to see that he has got to take care of his own interests, and what’s more, that he has the power to do it,” he told the paper.

Eight years later, Taylor moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in late 1912 and worked as the manager of the Promotion Publishing Co., which printed a newspaper aimed at the city’s black residents. Records also show that he worked as the editor of the “colored section” of the Florida Times-Union and later for the Florida Sentinel, a progressive newspaper. He died in 1925. Forty-seven years later, congresswoman Shirley Chisholm launched a presidential campaign under the Democratic ticket, becoming the first African American candidate for a major party.

 

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Mobile World Congress, which kicks off on Feb. 25 in Barcelona this year, will be hot. Besides foldable phones and hole-punch cameras, another trend we’ll see at this year’s event will be 5G. 

And we’re not just talking about tests and promises of crazy-fast internet speeds sometime in the future — we’ll actually see several new 5G phones at the show. 

Today, two major smartphone manufacturers, LG and Huawei, announced they would be launching 5G devices at the show. 

LG, which is known for trickling out details about upcoming devices ahead of major launches, said on Thursday it would unveil its first-ever 5G smartphone at the MWC.  Read more…

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Drive 50 Miles Per Day? Here’s How You Could Save Over $150 Per Month

Do you feel like you spend more time in your car than you do in your home? Do you have a long work commute, oodles of miles while doing your job or run your kids all over town for their extra curriculars? If so, you might feel like you’re watching life through a windshield while you belt out the lyrics to that song you’re hearing for the fifth time today.

That’s OK, especially if you like your car. But are you paying too much for it?

If you’re driving 50 miles per day, it feels better if you know you’re saving money. Here are a few ideas to pay less for your extensive time in the car.

Pay For Better Tunes By Saving at the Pump

Putting on miles means burning through a lot of gas, even with a fuelefficient car.

If you’re a savvy saver, you probably already use GasBuddy to help you find the cheapest gas station in town. It’s an easy — and free — way to avoid overpaying.

A quick look at gas prices on GasBuddy for urban areas such at Tampa, Dallas and Chicago shows you could save as much as 25 cents per gallon just by choosing the right gas station.Wow.

But once you pull up to the pump, here’s something else you can do: Get a discount card from GasBuddy to automatically save 10 cents per gallon on your first purchase (and 5 cents per gallon after that).

The free discount card is tied directly to your checking account. It works at 95% of gas stations throughout the country, so you don’t have to drive around town just to find “your” station. Plus, you don’t have to wait for a rebate — it’s immediate savings.

Simply and securely sign up through GasBuddy. Connect your bank account, enter your address, and GasBuddy will put a card in the mail.

Let’s say you save 25 cents per gallon by choosing the right gas station, plus 5 cents per gallon with the GasBuddy discount card. Based on our 50milesperday scenario, we’ll assume you are driving a sensible vehicle that gets about 30 mpg.

If you drove 30 days per month, you’d need to purchase 50 gallons of gas. If you’re saving 30 cents per gallon, that’s $ 15 per month you’re saving, just in gas. Boom. You just paid for your satellite radio subscription.

Find Out if You’re Paying Too Much for Car Insurance

When’s the last time you looked at your car insurance plan? Don’t just renew your plan because it’s what you’ve always done. See if there is a better plan out there for you, your car and the way you drive.

Yes, there’s no getting around car insurance, unfortunately. But one way you could save money is by shopping around and comparing rates at least once a year. Less than 50% of us do that, according to this survey from The Zebra, though 81% of us report wanting lower rates.

So, just like you compare the prices of flights, shoes and laptops before purchasing, why not compare car insurance?

The Zebra, an online car insurance search engine that offers “insurance in black and white,” compares your options from 204 providers in less than 60 seconds.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Head over to The Zebra’s search platform. Enter your car’s year, make and model, and your ZIP code. Continue on to answer questions about your driving habits, your car and your life.

On the right sidebar, you’ll watch rates increase or decrease based on your answers. For example, if you’ve gotten into an accident that was your fault in the past three years, your rates will kick up. It’s interesting to see what effect your answers might have.

  1. After answering some questions, it’s time to compare. The Zebra gives you an “Insurability Score,” which is similar to your credit score, except it’s for car insurance, and it  teaches you how to get better rates. The site also gives you different options for coverage.

When you’re ready to consider your options and select a quote, you can also receive a phone call from The Zebra for additional support.

A nice representative (a real, live human) on the line asks if you want to speak with a specialist. If you’re truly interested in car insurance and want to ask all the questions, this could be the perfect time.

Otherwise, just keep shoppin’ around and weighing options through The Zebra.

You could save up to 50% on your insurance premium. According to ValuePenguin, the national average for auto is $ 941 or about $ 78 per month. Cut that in half, and you just saved $ 39 per month. Your number might even be better!

Get More Mileage Out of Your Car Payments

Highway traffic to Jacksonville, Florida, US

When you bought the car you knew you’d spend a lot of time in, did you scour the banks, credit unions and internet to get the very best rate on your loan? If you’re like most people, you probably took the financing offered by the dealership, and that’s OK. But you could do better.

You might be able to save a nice chunk of change by refinancing your auto loan. The problem is that’s normally kind of a pain.

With auto refinancing, the biggest hurdle is the process of re-titling your vehicle, which involves dealing with your local DMV. And oh, my God, who wants to mess with that?

Never fear — MotoRefi’s digital platform handles all that technical stuff so you don’t have to. In a matter of minutes, you could qualify for a lower monthly payment, lower interest rate, or both.

MotoRefi partners with lenders — like community and regional banks — that can offer you the best rates. Once you choose a lender, MotoRefi handles all the paperwork, including the cumbersome re-titling process.

MotoRefi says it’s saving the average customer $ 100 per month or more. Checking for potential savings won’t impact your credit score.

MotoRefi is available in California, Connecticut and Michigan.

Your Savings Add Up — Just Like The Miles

See how easy that was? Let’s tally the score.

Gas savings: $ 15 per month

Insurance premium savings: $ 39 per month

Car payment savings: $ 100 per month

Grand total: $ 154

Your savings may be a bit less, or they could even be more, depending your car and how much you drive. Considering just how much time you spend behind the wheel listening to the radio play that super popular song over and over, taking a few minutes to discover your savings possibilities could hit just the right note.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. He drives 70 miles every day to his awesome job. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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Coupled Up: Senator Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson Have Been Dating Since Last Month

We’ve heard the rumors, but it looks like solid sources are confirming that Senator Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson are officially dating.

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We’ve reported in the past couple weeks that the pair have been spotted out on the town — first catching a movie at the Regal Union Square, and then at a performance of Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen.”

But now a tipster tells us the couple were also holding hands at a performance of another play, “Apologia,” as far back as last month.

We can only imagine what their dinner conversations are like…

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Alicia Keys To Host Grammy Awards Next Month

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NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys usually attends the Grammys, but this year she’ll be there as a host.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. 10 show for the first time. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Keys has won 15 Grammys.

She says in a statement, “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic.”

She adds that she is “especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!”

Kendrick Lamar and Drake are the top Grammy contenders, earning eight and seven nominations apiece, respectively. Brandi Carlile is up for six awards, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Maren Morris and H.E.R. earned five nods each.

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Emmerdale’s Kim Tate to return next month as she takes revenge on the Dingles for trying to kill her

KIM Tate’s return date to Emmerdale has been revealed.

The original soap superbitch – who is played by actress Claire King in the ITV soap – will make her village comeback at the end of next month.

Kim Tate is set to make a permanent return to Emmerdale in 2019
Kim will return to the village at the end of February or beginning of March

The actress tweeted fans to tell them she would be back filming this month and back on-screen from the end of February and the beginning of March.

It will be six months since Kim was sent back to prison for driving without insurance on a public highway.

She was left injured after being attacked by Faith Dingle and pushed through a balcony and onto a table full of champagne.

She is bound to take revenge on the family when she discovers who it was who brutally attacked her.

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Viewers watched in horror as Kim ordered the murder of her step-grandson Joe Tate after he fell in love with Debbie Dingle so killing them wouldn’t be

The Dingles aren’t the only ones who should fear Kim’s return.

Graham Foster has recently embarked on a relationship with Megan Macey which will put her in the firing line of the villainous multi-millionaire.

And while Graham has been secretly drinking he has failed to notice Nicola King and Robert Sugden’s scheme to take control of Kim’s business empire and millions.


And it has been revealed Kim won’t be the only Tate at Home Farm for long.

Before she was sent back to prison Kim told Graham to find her estranged son James Tate and bring him to her.


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It’s National Mentoring Month! Our Top 5 Articles with the Best Mentorship Advice

January is National Mentoring Month. While the notable goal of this monthlong campaign is to recruit mentors for young people, let’s face it—we can all use a mentor through various aspects of our lives, particularly with our careers.

For that reason, we have collected our top articles with excellent advice about mentorship. Whether you are seeking a mentor or want to be a better one to someone, these articles can help you reach your mentorship goals.

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SHE LAUNCHED A MENTORSHIP PROGRAM TO CREATE MORE BLACK HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal is a dentist, social entrepreneur, and recently named Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity, one of nearly 300 people working worldwide to build fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies. Just one year out of dental school, she opened her first private practice, and then later launched Determined to be a Doctor Someday (DDS), an initiative to develop the next generation of healthcare professionals who will be representative of the communities they serve.

5 MENTORSHIP MISCONCEPTIONS THAT MAY BE HOLDING YOU BACK

At several points throughout your career, you’ll need the advice of a trusted adviser or mentor, someone who can help you navigate career paths and transitions as well as the stages of business cycles and professional relationships. But take note, there are a lot of misconceptions about what mentorship is and who it is for—we’re here to clear a few things up.

HOW TO CONVINCE HIGH PROFILE PEOPLE TO MENTOR YOU

Paul Brunson is an entrepreneur who has been co-signed by Oprah, mentored Ed Neff, and the list goes on. He has some key advice on how to land high-profile individuals as mentors.

5 TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT PROFESSIONAL MENTOR

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‘I NEED A MENTOR’: 5 SMART STRATEGIES TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE

Murray Newlands: “When choosing a mentor, I sometimes just knew if she or he was the right person for the job, while other situations led me to put a lot of consideration into it, before starting a relationship. In doing so, I’ve discovered there are some criteria that you can use to determine if someone will make a good mentor for you.”

 

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Aretha Franklin To Be Honored With Tribute Show Next Month

NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul will get a royal tribute from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson and more next month.

The Recording Academy and music mogul Clive Davis will put on the special concert — “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” — on Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will broadcast later in 2019 on CBS.

Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Celine Dion, John Legend, SZA and Janelle Monae will also perform some of Franklin’s biggest hits at the concert. Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry will host the event.

Tickets go on sale Friday. Other performers include Common, BeBe Winans, Brandi Carlile, Chloe x Halle, H.E.R. and Alessia Cara.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August in her Detroit apartment. She was 76.

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Ah, the perks of Amazon Prime.

We love free two-day shipping, free same-day shipping, free movies, free music and even free photo storage (for when your phone won’t stop letting you know your storage is full).

Yes, those are some solid benefits, but it will cost ya — about $ 119 a year.

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You might’ve heard of Paribus.

The free tool tracks your online purchases from more than 25 merchants. When it detects a price drop, it’ll work with the retailer’s price-match policy to help get you the difference. When it detects an Amazon guaranteed shipment is late? It’ll work with Amazon to compensate you.

But what if you got free shipping as a Prime member? We’ve spoken with several shoppers who’ve gotten a free month of Prime as compensation.

Here’s how to make sure you get compensated for late shipments:

  • Sign up with Paribus. All you need is your email address.
  • Let Paribus do its thing, passively tracking your orders.
  • If it detects a late guaranteed shipment, it’ll work with Amazon to get you compensated.

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Refund On The Way To Latest ‘Bill Of The Month’ Patient

Sarah Witter had to pay for a second surgery to repair her broken leg after a metal plate installed during the first surgery broke. On Friday, she got a more welcome break — a $ 6,358.26 refund from the hospital and her insurer.

Witter’s experience was the subject of December’s KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” feature. She and her insurer, Aetna, had racked up $ 99,159 in bills from a Rutland, Vt., hospital and various medical providers after she fractured her leg in a skiing accident last February.

A surgeon at Rutland Regional Medical Center implanted two metal plates, attached to her leg bones to help them heal. Less than four months later, one of these plates broke, requiring her to have a second surgery to replace the plate. Witter, who is 63, ended up paying $ 18,442, mostly to the hospital, for her portion of the total cost for all her care from the hospital, doctors, emergency services and physical therapists.

After KHN contacted Aetna about these costs, the insurer noticed that Rutland Regional had billed Witter for the difference between what it charged for its services and what Aetna considered an appropriate price for the first surgery. Those additional charges are known as “balance bills” and occur when a medical provider is not in the insurer’s network and has no contract with the insurer. Rutland Regional is not in Aetna’s network. In our original story, KHN had calculated $ 7,410 in balance bills.

Aetna said it contacted the hospital and negotiated a compromise in which the insurer paid the hospital nearly $ 3,800 and the hospital waived the remainder of the charges to Witter that Aetna considered unreasonably high.

“As part of her benefits plan, Sarah’s claims in question went through a patient advocacy process that allows us to negotiate with the provider on the member’s behalf to resolve any balance billing issues,” a spokesman wrote.

Aetna said it will negotiate disputed bills for any of its customers who request assistance, and also help schedule appointments, get services authorized and deal with other non-medical complications. However, an Aetna spokesman wrote, “we weren’t fully aware of all of the bills that Sarah had received before we received them from you/her.”

On Friday, Rutland Regional again declined to discuss Witter’s account. Witter said she learned of the refund during a meeting, at Rutland Regional’s invitation, with a hospital financial administrator.

“They went through all the costs and I guess treated it [the first surgery] more like it was a hospital service that was within my contract,” she said. The administrator told her they had “reprocessed” the charges from her second surgery, but that her portion of the bill did not change, she said.

“It’s good news — who doesn’t like getting money back? But I don’t quite understand,” she said. “If it’s that easy for them to reprocess this billing to get me this, then it’s obvious that everything is really arbitrary.”

One difference between the two surgeries was the first one was conducted during a crisis after Witter was admitted to the hospital through the emergency room. Balance bills in those circumstances are the most difficult to justify because patients with injuries that require immediate care, such as a heart attack or car accident, are usually taken to the closest medical facility. Patients are not in a position to figure out where the closest in-network alternative is.

Neither Witter’s hospital nor her insurer budged on her underlying complaint: that she shouldn’t have had to pay for second surgery, which cost $ 43,208, because one of the plates — known as a bone fixation device and manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes — broke.

Device manufacturers generally do not offer warranties for hardware devices once they have been implanted, saying that device failure can be due to a variety of factors beyond the company’s control. Those include poor implantation by the surgeon; bones that fail to heal and subject the device to unremitting strain, causing metal fatigue; or patients who apply too much weight or movement on the bone despite instructions not to.

DePuy, which declined to comment for this story, earlier said that device failures occur in “rare circumstances.” In its instructions for surgeons, DePuy noted: “It is important to note that these implants may break at any time if they are subjected to sufficient stresses.”

Witter said her surgeon was present at her meeting at Rutland Regional and told her that “the fact the bone hadn’t completely healed yet was part of the problem.” She said she has not been able to find a contact for the device manufacturer so she can complain about it breaking.

Even after she receives her refund next week, Witter still will have paid $ 12,084 for her broken limb. Asked her advice for other patients dealing with bills they consider excessive, she said: “Don’t break your leg.”

Do you have an interesting or outrageous medical bill you’d like KHN and NPR to examine? Tell us about it!

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After receiving a few teasers and on-foot looks at the pending Off-White™ x Nike Air Max 90 in “Black,” it has now been revealed the highly-anticipated collaborative pair will release in January 2019.

Continuing with their collaborative efforts, Virgil Abloh and his Off-White™ brainchild have utilized Nike‘s coveted Air Max 90 model for the latest instalment. Dressed in a mostly black colorway, contrasting white comes in on the Swoosh branding, while suede and mesh paneling are strewn together, adding to the shoe’s deconstructed aesthetic. Finally visible stitching, bright yellow and orange accents, and an Off-White™ signature hangtag finishes off the entire look of this AM90 silhouette.

The Off-White™ x Nike Air Max 90 “Black” is rumored to be releasing at select Nike retailers, nike.com and the SNKRS app on January 17, 2019 for $ 160 USD.

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Little Known Black History Month: Dr. Olivia J. Hooker

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker turned 103 years of age this past February and in that same month in 1945, she made military history. Dr. Hooker, who passed away last week, became the first African-American woman to join the United States Coast Guard after being rejected by the United States Navy.

Hooker was born February 12, 1915 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. At the age of six, Hooker witnessed the Ku Klux Klan ransack her home during the violent Tulsa Massacre of Black Wall Street and was one of the few, if not the only, survivors of that moment in history.

The family relocated to Columbus, Ohio, and Hooker graduated from Ohio State University in 1937. The Delta woman attempted to enter the Navy and was denied due to her race.

She was eventually was allowed to join the Navy after contesting the denial, but Hooker elected to join the Coast Guard instead in February of 1945. Hooker was part of the SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready) division, a section of the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve.

This unit was eventually disbanded in 1946. The following year, Hooker obtained her master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University and worked with women in an upstate New York prison.

In 1961, Hooker earned her Ph.D from the University of Rochester and in 1963, she joined the faculty of Fordham University, teaching until 1985. She retired two years later, and at the age of 95, she joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian reserve of the branch.

Hooker passed of natural causes on November 21 at her White Plains, New York home.


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5 Tips for Managing Diabetes during National Diabetes Month

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age rose from 4.7 percent in 1980 to 8.5 percent in 2014. A 2016 Harris Poll conducted for the Calorie Control Council revealed 20 percent of U.S. consumers reported having been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes by a medical professional.

With November being National Diabetes Month, Karima Kendall, Ph.D., RDN, LDN of the Calorie Control Council (CCC), has outlined five tips for managing this disease impacting an increasing number of people.

1. Manage stress

Too much stress is unhealthy for anyone, especially for those living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. In addition to stress causing people to forget or not have time to check blood sugar levels or plan healthy meals, stress hormones can directly alter blood sugar levels. Making an effort to reduce stress by implementing tactics such as fitness classes, breathing exercises, and other relaxing hobbies will only help in diabetes management.

2. Get up and move at least 30 minutes a day

Exercise helps increase insulin sensitivity. This means the cells in your muscles are better able to use any available insulin to take up glucose during and after physical activity. In addition to helping lower blood glucose in the short term, exercise on a consistent, regular basis can lower your A1C. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day. Be mindful, however, that low blood sugars can occur during and up to 24 hours after physical activity, and are more likely to occur if you take insulin, skip meals, or exercise intensely or for a long period of time.

3. Take advantage of low- and no-calorie sweeteners

Dealing with diabetes on a daily basis is hard enough without having to give up the sweet treats you enjoy. There are several low- and no-calorie sweeteners available that are safe to consume and provide the same sweetness as sugar, but without impacting blood glucose levels. In addition to being found in packaged foods and beverages, many of these sweeteners can be purchased at the grocery store and serve as stand-alone sweeteners for use in your own recipes. Given the holiday treats enjoyed this time of year at seasonal gatherings, these sweeteners can help you have your sweet frozen hot chocolate – and drink it too! For more information on low- and no-calorie sweeteners and diabetes, including carb-smart recipes, visit here.

4. Ward off sickness

Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people living with diabetes. With cold and flu season upon us, make sure to get your flu shot, eat well, and wash your hands frequently. In addition, talk to your doctor about adjustments you may need to make to your personal diabetes management routine and insulin dosing (if appropriate) in the event you get sick.

5. Remember, don’t let ‘perfect’ be the enemy of ‘good’

Although there are differences in the management of type 1 versus type 2 diabetes, maintaining a perfect blood sugar 100 percent of the time is simply not possible, no matter how closely you monitor and manage your diabetes. Even those without diabetes experience moderate spikes and lows in their blood sugar levels. Instead, focus on living a balanced lifestyle full of things that motivate you, instead of letting occasional bad blood sugar levels discourage you. You control your diabetes – not the other way around!

 


This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Calorie Control Council from November 16-18, 2016 among 2,074 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Stan Samples at the Calorie Control Council, ssamples@caloriecontrol.org and 678-303-2996.

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5 Tips for Managing Diabetes during National Diabetes Month

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age rose from 4.7 percent in 1980 to 8.5 percent in 2014. A 2016 Harris Poll conducted for the Calorie Control Council revealed 20 percent of U.S. consumers reported having been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes by a medical professional.

With November being National Diabetes Month, Karima Kendall, Ph.D., RDN, LDN of the Calorie Control Council (CCC), has outlined five tips for managing this disease impacting an increasing number of people.

1. Manage stress

Too much stress is unhealthy for anyone, especially for those living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. In addition to stress causing people to forget or not have time to check blood sugar levels or plan healthy meals, stress hormones can directly alter blood sugar levels. Making an effort to reduce stress by implementing tactics such as fitness classes, breathing exercises, and other relaxing hobbies will only help in diabetes management.

2. Get up and move at least 30 minutes a day

Exercise helps increase insulin sensitivity. This means the cells in your muscles are better able to use any available insulin to take up glucose during and after physical activity. In addition to helping lower blood glucose in the short term, exercise on a consistent, regular basis can lower your A1C. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day. Be mindful, however, that low blood sugars can occur during and up to 24 hours after physical activity, and are more likely to occur if you take insulin, skip meals, or exercise intensely or for a long period of time.

3. Take advantage of low- and no-calorie sweeteners

Dealing with diabetes on a daily basis is hard enough without having to give up the sweet treats you enjoy. There are several low- and no-calorie sweeteners available that are safe to consume and provide the same sweetness as sugar, but without impacting blood glucose levels. In addition to being found in packaged foods and beverages, many of these sweeteners can be purchased at the grocery store and serve as stand-alone sweeteners for use in your own recipes. Given the holiday treats enjoyed this time of year at seasonal gatherings, these sweeteners can help you have your sweet frozen hot chocolate – and drink it too! For more information on low- and no-calorie sweeteners and diabetes, including carb-smart recipes, visit here.

4. Ward off sickness

Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people living with diabetes. With cold and flu season upon us, make sure to get your flu shot, eat well, and wash your hands frequently. In addition, talk to your doctor about adjustments you may need to make to your personal diabetes management routine and insulin dosing (if appropriate) in the event you get sick.

5. Remember, don’t let ‘perfect’ be the enemy of ‘good’

Although there are differences in the management of type 1 versus type 2 diabetes, maintaining a perfect blood sugar 100 percent of the time is simply not possible, no matter how closely you monitor and manage your diabetes. Even those without diabetes experience moderate spikes and lows in their blood sugar levels. Instead, focus on living a balanced lifestyle full of things that motivate you, instead of letting occasional bad blood sugar levels discourage you. You control your diabetes – not the other way around!

 


This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Calorie Control Council from November 16-18, 2016 among 2,074 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Stan Samples at the Calorie Control Council, ssamples@caloriecontrol.org and 678-303-2996.

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November is National College Application Month and to celebrate the occasion, Reach Higher has launched its “laundry” campaign in an effort to encourage high school seniors to apply to college.

Celebrities such as Keke PalmerKelly RowlandCiaraNick Cannon, and Michelle Obama have joined the social media outreach to students across the nation asking them to take the pledge and apply to college.

In exchange for making this commitment, celebs are (sorta) pledging to do students laundry for an entire semester.

“As a 19-year-old, I’m facing the same questions and fears that other people my age are facing. Reach Higher answers those questions while encouraging you to dream bigger, be better and take that next step towards your education. After all, I truly believe that with an educated mind ANYTHING is possible. College is the first step towards the life you want for yourself, and I believe every person – no matter what age – deserves that first step. It’s never too late to reach higher, ” said Bailee Madison, star of Hallmark’s “Good Witch” and “The Strangers: Prey at Night”.

Reach Higher is an initiative started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time at the White House.

“It’s National College Application Month and we want to see high school seniors all over the country make the commitment to apply to college. And we know that once they get to college, students will discover so much about themselves, their passions, and the world. They’ll take eye-opening classes and engage in campus activities.  And many students, if they are anything like me at that age, will learn to do to their laundry. We hope seniors will take the pledge and apply to college this fall,” said Eric Waldo, Reach Higher’s executive director.

Check out a clip from the campaign above.

Sign the pledge by clicking here and be sure to follow Reach Higher’s Laundry campaign on social media:

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Feeling lucky? Good, hang on to that.

And if you’re not feeling organically lucky today, it’s time to track down a four-leaf clover, pick up a lucky penny and rub that rabbit’s foot, because you’re going to need all the good fortune you can get.

Why?

Because we found a scholarship opportunity worth $ 2,000 — and it’s all done lottery style. (Psst: That means no essay. Yeah.)

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This scholarship from Niche is an essay-free opportunity — which, if you’re a hardcore scholarship sleuth, you’ll know is a pretty rare find.

Instead of putting together a hefty packet of application materials, all you have to do to enter this scholarship contest is input your information here and wait. The winner will be decided by a random drawing.

Each month, the contest resets, and you can re-enter to win. (You can see a list of past winners here.)

Scholarship amount: $ 2,000

Number of scholarships awarded: One per monthly online entry period.

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a high school, college or graduate student.
  • Be a legal U.S. resident. (International students with valid visas are also eligible.)
  • Currently attend or plan to enroll in a high school or college listed on Niche’s site. (Parents of students who fall into one of these categories are also welcome to enter.)

To apply, applicants must:

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Scholarship deadline: The contest resets monthly, though, so check back at the beginning of each month to re-enter to win.

Only one entry is allowed per person per month. The prize money will be awarded directly to the entrant and can be used to cover tuition, books, housing or any other education-related expenses.

The only caveat to this contest is your information may be shared with Niche’s partners, as noted in the privacy statement for the contest. However, you can choose to opt out at any time.

You can find the privacy statement and  official “No Essay” scholarship contest rules here.

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