Credit card holders get some new protections starting today. A new law forces banks to give clients at least 21 calendar days to pay monthly bills without fear of late fees. Consumers must be told at least 45 days in advance of any changes to their loan conditions including interest rates. Copyright © 2009 Metro […]

VIA BLACK AMERICA WEB: By Jackie Jones When Nikki Bravo’s niece, Isha, moved in with her last year, it was clear that a full academic schedule, coupled with an equally intense training program at The Washington Ballet School, would soon be overwhelming. With anywhere from two to four hours of training after school and on […]

VIA MSNBC: Republican will join education secretary, Sharpton on three-city ‘hope’ tour WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Arne Duncan is joining forces with two unlikely allies, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to push cities to fix failing schools. The trio will visit Philadelphia, New Orleans and Baltimore later this year. […]

VIA MSNBC: Sadly, drivers say, today’s cars just don’t measure up to wonders of old In a year when General Motors and Chrysler have taken a quick trip through bankruptcy court and are being supported with taxpayer dollars, this cruise had participants feeling more nostalgic than ever about their vehicles. With GM now pushing cars […]

VIA MSNBC: Michelle Obama may have become an archetypal African-American female success story — law career, strong marriage, happy children — but the reality is often very different for other highly educated black women. They face a series of challenges in navigating education, career, marriage and child-bearing, dilemmas that often leave them single and childless […]

(Boston, MA)  —  Single moms find life a little easier and the economic well-being of their children is helped when grandma moves in.  Researchers at the University of Southern California and University of Massachusetts, Boston combined their efforts.  They found children living in single-mother families that also include a grandparent are much less likely to […]

(Grand Canyon National Park, AZ)  —  President Obama and his family took time over the weekend to take in the sights of a couple national parks out west.  On Saturday, the First Family visited Yellowstone National Park including the “Old Faithful” geyser and the President took time away from pushing for health care reform Friday […]

VIA THE GRIO: MOBILE, Ala. — Their hands waving in the air, singing and testifying, members of Cave Ministries of Saraland, a predominantly white church of motorcycle riders, joined members of Fresh Fire on the Mount, a mostly black church from Eight Mile, for a three-hour extravaganza of music and prayer. The Sunday service, at […]

(New York, NY) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick regrets his part in an illegal dogfighting ring. Appearing on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Vick said jail wasn’t part of his plan and lays some blame on the way he was raised. Vick, who served 18 months at the federal penitentiary in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, […]

Via New York Times: Les Paul, the virtuoso guitarist and inventor whose solid-body electric guitar and recording studio innovations changed the course of 20th-century popular music, died Thursday in White Plains, N.Y. . He was 94. The cause was complications of pneumonia, the Gibson Guitar Corporation and his family announced. . Mr. Paul was a […]