Financial planning can offset wedding bell blues

The excitement starts with an engagement ring. This starts months of planning for the big wedding day. Invitations, dresses, flowers, tuxedos, and cakes must be chosen and purchased to make your lifelong commitment special. Why do couples spend so much time and money on this one day, yet spend very little time preparing for the next 50 years?

Jenny and Thomas returned from their honeymoon full of anticipation about their lives together. They were going to be very busy over the next couple of months merging their lives into one. In addition to moving into their new apartment, Jenny would have to update all of her identification documents to reflect her new name.

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Certification: Helping women make ‘that connection’

Robinson Blanca-300Blanca Robinson is the president of Women Business Enterprise Council South (WBENC South) and her mission is to help women succeed.

Carlee McCullough, Esq.: Please tell us about yourself and how you became interested in expanding and promoting economic opportunities for women in business?

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Thanks Miss Emma for our Christmas message

Dear Lucy: This has been a really hard year for me and my family. I am on a fixed income, I have three of my grandchildren living with me and it can get real hard. I don't have lots to give this Christmas and I am tired just watching and listening to all the talk about buying and spending on things that they forget the next day. So much for just one day. The Lord has been good to me and I hope to see another Christmas. We made it through and I just thank the Lord.

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10 Best Black Books of 2012

Iconic-book-3001. "Tuskegee Love Letters"
by Kim Russell

2. "Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman"
by Lakesia D. Johnson

3. "Help Me to Find My People: The African-American Search for Family Lost in Slavery"
by Heather Andrea Williams

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What’s Happening Myron?: Soul, comedy and ‘gifts’

As the holidays and 2012 come to a close, here are a few events to round out the rest of your year.

Spirit Magazine

Join Spirit Magazine for the "Spirit Making a Difference Awards" Banquet on Thursday (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis located at 3500 Central. Music will feature national recording artists James Fortune and Courtney Little. For more information, call 901-396-7957, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at

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