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A partnership to corral the $40 billion African Americans spend annually on travel and tourism

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are now partners in a move to make sure that a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remains in African-American hands.
 
The partnership was launched last week at the start of USBC’s professional development conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in the District of Columbia. The newly-opened, four-star hotel, next to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, was jointly financed by Capstone Development, a private, black-owned development firm.

Is hotel shampoo kind of racist?

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The Root recently took its “Race Manners’ column to Facebook, where Associate Editor Jenée Desmond-Harris engaged in a live Q&A. 
 
One reader took serious issue with the toiletries offered by major hotel chains, going so far as to call the selections a “micro-agression” against black people. 
 
Another exchange tacked a timeless question: What does “racism” really mean (and why don’t people get it)? 
 
Here’s a partial transcript:

Tracy Bethea now head of gospel programming at Hallelujah FM

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Over the last two decades, Tracy Bethea has observed and participated in the evolution of the gospel music genre from a programming perspective and has also been a catalyst to helping artists understand the unique art of programming.
 
As the new head of gospel programming at WHAL 95.7 Hallelujah FM, Bethea has a new leadership role that many project will bring new luster to the Clear Channel Communications brand in the gospel arena.
 
In her prior position as the station’s assistant program director/music director, Bethea worked closely with and learned key programming strategies from her colleague and friend, Eileen Collier.

Why do people buy annuities?

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Annuities are insurance-based financial vehicles that can provide many benefits sought by retirement-minded investors. There are a number of reasons why people buy annuities.
 
Deferral of taxes is a big benefit, and so is the ability to put large sums of money into an annuity — more than is allowed annually in a 401(k) plan or an IRA — all at once or over a period of time. Annuities offer flexible payout options that can help retirees meet their cash-flow needs. They also offer a death benefit; generally, if the contract owner or annuitant dies before the annuitization stage, the beneficiary will receive a death benefit at least equal to the net premiums paid. 

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” (PG for action and peril) Animated sequel finds crop duster-turned-air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) joining forces with a team of smoke-jumping helicopters and all-terrain vehicles to fight a massive forest fire. Voice cast features Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Ed Harris, Teri Hatcher, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. 
 
“The Purge: Anarchy” (R for profanity and graphic violence) Serendipitous horror sequel follows a quintet’s (Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez and Zoe Soul) struggle to survive on the annual national holiday during which crime is legal, even murder. Cast includes John Beasley, Michael K. Williams, Justina Machado and Jack Conley.