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Young chef Robinson ready to serve with D. Arthur’s Catering

Young chef Robinson ready to serve with D. Arthur’s Catering
Desmond Robinson had his fill working as a senior education coordinator for training and development at Regional One Health, formerly the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He’d spent his time in the labor pool and decided to follow his dreams. 
 
“I quit so I could become a fulltime caterer,” said Robinson, who’d been catering public and private parties, events, weddings, bridal showers and the like for more than two years before officially launching D. Arthur’s Catering. He has clients in Memphis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Arkansas, Louisiana and Dallas. 
 
“I enjoy catering much better and always wanted to be a chef,” said Robinson, 28. 
On June 1st, the young chef provided an ample sampling of his palatable treats during a “Brunch Showcase” at the newly-built Beale Street Landing on the Riverfront. 

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

The business of fashion from a ‘P.K.’ perspective

The business of fashion from a ‘P.K.’ perspective
Being labeled a P.K. (preacher’s kid) isn’t all that bad when you’re Chris Whitfield, who has defied stereotypical mindsets that often conform to the whims of society. Though Whitfield is passionate about the people in his circle, he is just as passionate about his work in the fashion industry.
Whitfield’s apparel and custom designed clothing, which is marketed under the banner of Brand Ya Lyfe, makes a statement that suggests originality of style. In fact, the young designer is most comfortable with being himself and creates custom designed clothing for the individualist.
 
Carlee McCullough: Thank you for taking the time to share with our readers your experience and knowledge. Tell us about Chris Whitfield?
Chris Whitfield: I am a young 29-year-old African-American male. I have my bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in Business with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Development. I am the proud son of Bishop Michael and Lula Robinson. Yes, that’s right I am a P.K. (Preacher’s Kid). I enjoy inspiring and motivating my peers. I am very passionate about my friendships, relationships and my brand. I mostly enjoy being creative with my fashion brand as well.

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Silence is not an option

Silence is not an option
“We are sending a clear signal that we can no longer afford to do business as usual in this community,” said Darrell Cobbins, president and chief executive officer, Universal Commercial.
 
Cobbins was among a group of notable minority business owners and leaders who gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum to address economic and business disparities in minority business contracts in Memphis and Shelby County on Tuesday. The first of those business leaders to address the crowd of media, business owners, and concerned citizens was Ron Redwing.
 
“Our goal is to spotlight these disparities in a way that brings about swift and significant change,” said Redwing, president of 100 Black Men of Memphis. “If Memphis is to rise and become a ‘world-class’ community, all of its citizens must be active participants in its economy.” 

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The new Atlanta stadium and the 31 percent

 The new Atlanta stadium and the 31 percent
Representatives from a minority business association say they are concerned that minority participation in the building of the new Atlanta stadium may not reach the required 31 percent goal that is outlined in the Equal Business Opportunity Plan.
 
The Georgia Black Constructors Association expressed their concerns June 2nd on the sidewalk outside of the construction site for the new stadium. The association has been attempting to meet with the Arthur Blank Foundation, Atlanta Falcons President Rick McKay and Bill Darden, project manager for the new stadium.

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High Scores for 529 College Savings Program

High Scores for 529 College Savings Program
Looking for a tax-advantaged college savings plan that has no age restrictions and no income phase out limits – and one you can use to pay for more than just tuition?
 
Consider the 529 college savings plan, an increasingly popular way to save for higher-education expenses, which have more than tripled over the past two decades — with annual costs (for tuition and fees, and room and board) of more than $40,000 per year for the average private four-year college. Named after the section of the tax code that authorized them, 529 plans (also known as qualified tuition plans) are now offered in almost every state.
 
Most people have heard about the original form of 529, the state-operated prepaid tuition plan, which allows you to purchase units of future tuition at today’s rates, with the plan assuming the responsibility of investing the funds to keep pace with inflation. Many state governments guarantee that the cost of an equal number of units of education in the sponsoring state will be covered, regardless of investment performance or the rate of tuition increase. Of course, each state plan has a different mix of rules and restrictions. Prepaid tuition programs typically will pay future college tuition at any of the sponsoring state's eligible colleges and universities (and some will pay an equal amount to private and out-of-state institutions).

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Call her ‘President’ Star Jones

Call her ‘President’ Star Jones
NEW YORK – Star Jones – best known as an Emmy Award-nominated TV host, attorney, best-selling author and former New York City homicide prosecutor – can now add the title president of the largest professional women’s networking organization in the country
 
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) announced Jones’ appointment earlier this week. She has served as chief development officer and national spokesperson for NAPW, representing the organizations over 600,000 memberships.
 
“NAPW defines success as ‘owning your own power,’” said Jones, declaring 2014 NAPW’s “Year of Action.”

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Michael Baisden returns to a ‘movement’ he helped launch

Michael Baisden returns to a ‘movement’ he helped launch
(BlackNews.com) – Nationally syndicated radio host and community activist Michael Baisden and professor Devin Robinson are linked to the “movement” that will be on display at the 5th annual Beauty Supply Store Start-Up Summer Conference in Atlanta.
 
Organized by Robinson (www.DevinRobinson.com), the conference is set for Aug. 16th-17th. Baisden will be the keynote speaker.
 
Baisden first met Robinson via telephone in 2006, when Robinson appeared on his show in connection with the documentary “The Korean Takeover,” which highlighted the challenges African Americans faced in the beauty supply business. At the time, Robinson owned three stores and had recently authored “Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner.”

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