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Ford teams with Dr. Henry Louis Gates for Black History Month

Ford teams with Dr. Henry Louis Gates for Black History Month

DEARBORN, Mich. (PRNewswire) – Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will join Ford Motor Company's African American employee resource group, Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network (FAAN), in celebrating Black History Month on Feb. 21.

The theme, "Finding Your Roots," is inspired by Gates, the keynote speaker, who is host of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots." He is also the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University.

Established in 1983, FAAN is Ford's first employee resource group. Its motto, Networking Today for a Successful Tomorrow, encompasses the organization's goal to help people of African descent and other diversity constituents to maximize their contribution to Ford Motor Company.

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Fearing gentrification, Black Portland neighborhood tells Trader Joe’s ‘no’ to new store

Fearing gentrification, Black Portland neighborhood tells Trader Joe’s ‘no’ to new store

The Trader Joe's grocery store chain recently announced that it no longer plans to open a store in a predominately African-American neighborhood in Portland after activists claimed the store's prices weren't affordable for black families.

Local community leaders and activists said opening a Trader Joe's in the historically black neighborhood would "increase the desirability of the neighborhood for non-oppressed populations" and risk gentrifying the neighborhood.

In a statement to EurWeb, the Portland African American Leadership Forum said having a somewhat pricey food store in their Portland neighborhood would displace residents and perpetuate income inequality in the area.

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‘Humble servant’ at ‘home’ on Africa mission

‘Humble servant’ at ‘home’ on Africa mission

My missionary journey to Africa was my third journey as a missionary on foreign soil.

My first two journeys were to the continent of Asia to the "Underground Church," where our main objective was to go and train pastors and other leaders on the fulfillment of "The Great Commission," the command that Jesus has given to all believers – to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Our secondary objective was to smuggle in bibles that were already translated into their native language to give to the people in the provinces while trying to remain undetected because Christianity is still under serious persecution in most parts of Asia.

I thank God for blessing both of those missions and returning us back to the USA and to our families safely.

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Haslam’s tuition-free ‘Promise’ is a no-go for Rep. Cohen

Haslam’s tuition-free ‘Promise’ is a no-go for Rep. Cohen

During his fourth annual State of the State address Monday before the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam introduced the "Tennessee Promise."

The proposal commits to providing on a continuing basis two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating high school seniors.

"Through the Tennessee Promise, we are fighting the rising cost of higher education, and we are raising our expectations as a state," Haslam said. "We are committed to making a clear statement to families that education beyond high school is a priority in the state of Tennessee."

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Microsoft turns to Thompson after Gates

Microsoft turns to Thompson after Gates

John W. Thompson, one of the few African-American chief executive officers in technology, has been tapped to succeed Bill Gates as chairman of Microsoft.

The former CEO of Symantec, Thompson is the CEO of Virtual Instruments, a San Jose-based software company. He will be the second chairman of Microsoft.

Thompson will be chair of the board that oversees Microsoft's top executives, including the new CEO, Satya Nadella, a longtime company insider. Thompson headed the search for Microsoft's new CEO.

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Reducing the risk of HIV by 90 percent

Reducing the risk of HIV by 90 percent

This Friday, February 7th, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It's an opportunity for the nation to take a look at the AIDS epidemic in Black America from a uniquely and unapologetically black point of view. Given the demographics of the AIDS epidemic in this country, this is a very important day.

The Black AIDS Institute's Black treatment advocate networks (BTANS) are hosting Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) forums around the country (Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Ft. Lauderdale, Jackson, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Oakland) to raise awareness and educate our communities about PrEP.

Here's why Pre-exposure Prophylaxis of HIV is important to black people: 35 years into this epidemic and with all we know about HIV, we still have alarming rates of new HIV infections in this country. Roughly 50,000 Americans are infected with HIV every year and 44 percent are black. In many parts of the country, 1 in 2 black gay men are already HIV infected – and many of them don't know it.

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I’m young, African American, female and ... Republican!

I’m young, African American, female and ... Republican!

I'm often asked, "When did you become a Republican?" And my answer is the same every time: "I've always been one!"

My mother gave birth to me when she was 16 years old, and we received government assistance during the first few years of my life. When I was growing up, she taught me the importance of making a budget and living by it. In our home I learned the importance of having a plan and delaying gratification for the things I wanted or thought I deserved. It meant generic brands instead of name brands and buying what I needed, rather than what I may have wanted. It meant living more conservatively.

Although she had me at a young age and knew there would be struggles ahead, my mother chose life. For that I am forever grateful to her.

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