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Sybil’s Birthday Shout Outs

Tuesday –  July 4th

Malia Obama, 25

Post Malone, 28

Safaree Samuels, 42 (Former creative partner of Nicki Minaj, Social Media star)

Bill Withers, would have been 84 (passed in 2020) 

Melanie Fiona, 40

Alex Hibbert, 19 (Kevin on the Chi)

Geraldo Rivera, 80

Calvin Coolidge (30th US President who died in 1933)


Bob Ross (1942-1995) 

Barry White (1944-2003) 

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1. Independence Day For Whom?

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Independence Day For Whom?


What You Need to Know:


While many, if not most people will be celebrating the signing of a document today by White men declaring their independence from a country run by other White men, there was nothing to celebrate among their women keeping the home fires burning, nor the Black men, women and children, they kept enslaved.  


A better understanding and perhaps meaning of independence may have been felt on July 2, 1964, by the generations of Black people who were ignored in 1776,  and others of different colors and genders. For it was 59 years ago Sunday that as one historian put it, “legal apartheid in America came to an end,” as President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

2. Independence Day For Some, a Historic Day of Resistance For Us

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Independence Day For Some, a Historic Day of Resistance For Us




What You Need to Know:


For Black Americans, Independence Day wasn’t always about family gatherings, cookouts, and fireworks. It was a day of resistance. Today, we remember those who fought for freedom while still in bondage.

The most well-known pursuit for freedom and the largest slave revolt in United States history was led by Nat Turner. On August 21, 1831, at 2:00 a.m., Turner and his followers started at his master’s house and killed the entire family. Turner believed God called him to deliver his people from slavery and wanted the original date to be the 4th of July. “It was intended by us to have begun the work of death on the 4th of July last.” If it weren’t for a brief illness, Turner and his followers would have turned the national holiday into a nightmare for enslavers and their pro-slavery allies.

3. Slutty Vegan Launches Dips in Select Target Stores

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Slutty Vegan Launches Dips in Select Target Stores


What You Need to Know:


Attention all foodies, food experimenters, and vegans (including vegan allies). Popular vegan fast-food chain Slutty Vegan has launched its latest dips. Their Hot-Lanta Chik’n & Spinach Artichoke side dips are in select Atlanta area Target stores.


For those who are new to the Slutty Vegan movement, it was created by Clark Atlanta University alum Pinky Cole and opened its doors in 2018. Now the food mogul has four locations and pop-ups all over the country. Cole wanted to bring vegan options and food awareness to Atlanta’s West End. “Opening the conversation on vegan food options for people who have never considered them in this community with such high numbers in hypertension, cholesterol, obesity, and a host of other food-borne ailments is momentous.”

4. Let Freedom Ring For Me, Too!

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Let Freedom Ring For Me, Too!




What You Need to Know:


Independence Day. July 4th, or the 4th of July. It was such a fun holiday when I was growing up! (Notice that I said, “was”…we’ll get to that part in a moment). The 4th of July is in the middle of summer break. Everybody’s out of school and off of work. Families in town, so you know what that means. Plenty of cousins to meet and play with and plenty of good food! There’s so much barbecue, potato salad, chips, sodas, and ice cream available that I couldn’t tell if we were ever poor or didn’t have enough.


While I participated in all of these activities, I also researched about the holiday. As it turns out, the 13 original colonies were celebrating their independence from Britain, but slaves who built and maintained them were still forced to remain and continued to be tortured while being denied basic human decency. Slaves and freed Black people were still being lynched, denied equal opportunities, and this has continued throughout modern-day America.

After fully embracing this understanding, I feel like an American by geographical origin but with no true freedoms as the ones who can celebrate this holiday without the thought of what worries, setbacks, and violence the color of their skin may bring at any moment.

I’m not celebrating Independence Day until I’m equally independent.

Let freedom ring for me, too!

5.  How to Improve Your Credit Score

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 How to Improve Your Credit Score




What You Need to Know:


Credit scores depend on account history, missing payments, and a number of accounts, and dominate pending decisions. Learning about risk factors can help improve your score.

What is considered a good credit score?

FICO created the first credit score model in 1989, and it is known today as the most widely used and accepted. Here is the ranking:

300-579: Poor
580-669: Fair
670-739: Good
740-799: Very Good
800-850: Exceptional

While these numbers serve as a baseline, those in the business feel the answer is not so simple.

Scores of 750 or greater are going to be considered high prime, or very good, and you’ll probably qualify for the best terms and rates. When your scores dip below 680 or so, they start to fall into a subprime category, meaning you may not qualify, and if you do, you’re going to have to pay much higher interest rates.