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Mayor Rahm Emanuel holds summit with West/South Side clergy

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Ministers worry about “educational deserts”

By Chinta Strausberg

A year before the mayoral election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday met privately with more than a dozen mostly African American religious leaders from the West and South Sides of Chicago at Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., where he laid out his economic development plan that included more job creation for youth and what to do with vacant schools.

Dr. Byron T. Brazier, pastor of the Apostolic Church of God, who organized the meeting, was joined by several ministers including Rev. Clay Evans, founder of the Fellowship MBC, former Illinois Senator Rev. James T. Meeks, Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger, Rev. Dr. Johnny Miller, Mount Vernon MBC, Rev. Michael Eaddy, Peoples’ Church of the Harvest Church of God In Christ, Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch, New Mount Pilgrim MBC, Dr. Leon Miller, Mt. Ebenezer MBC, health advocate Joyce Washington and others including Josephine Wade, co-owner of the restaurant.

The ministers said the summit and the mayoral/clergy partnership will continue. Meeks was pleased with the meeting describing it as “informative” and “not hostile.” Meeks said the mayor shared his plans for the community including summer jobs and schools.

Also describing the ministerial summit meeting as good was Dr. Hatch who said, “A lot of good stuff is going to come out of it. We’ll continue working together for the community.”

Agreeing was Bishop Gordon who said, “I think the meeting was extremely informative and necessary and the beginning of a great infrastructure that is going to bring not only development, help, but jobs for our community.” Simon said the mayor “was extremely receptive” in talking to the ministers and hearing their concerns.

Besides discussing more jobs for youth, Gordon said they also talked about mandatory sentencing many ministers oppose, what to do with vacant schools that were closed last year, redevelopment plans for the community and “how we’re going to function together in the future as we push toward dropping crime and building up our neighborhoods.”

Asked his opinion about the vacant schools, Gordon said, “It is necessary that there is a clear program designed. We have to have a clear discussion how they are to be maintained, what will it take to maintain them, what should be put in them but at least some initial discussion and not (have) an area of waste, or an eye sore to the community or a place that makes our communities look like a desert.

“The bad thing about a vacant school is that it looks like an educational desert, and we don’t really want that as a picture of what our community looks like. We have to have some activity” if there is going to be “viable building to take place,” Gordon said. “Our kids need places to go, jobs to enter into and program where they can learn vocationally how to be an asset to the community.”

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Madigan: Data Breach, Identity Theft concerns spike in Top 10 Complaints for 2013

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Attorney General Releases Data Showing Dramatic Increase in Consumer Worry over Impact Data Breaches & Risk of Identity Theft

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her annual top 10 list of consumer complaints, revealing Illinois residents are increasingly worried over how businesses protect their personal and financial information in the wake of widespread data breaches reported last year. In 2013, Madigan’s office saw a 1,600 percent increase in data breach complaints compared to the year before.

Madigan’s office received more than 20,500 complaints in 2013. Identity theft complaints recorded the largest increase – from 2,544 complaints in 2012 to 3,009 complaints for 2013. Within this category of complaints, Madigan’s office reported a significant increase in complaints specifically about data breaches — from 33 complaints in 2012 to 576 filed in 2013, representing a 1,600 percent increase.

Madigan attributed the spike in complaints to the major data breaches reported last year by Target and Advocate Health Care, which left consumers scrambling to protect their personal information and, for Target customers, to address fraudulent charges on their bank or credit card accounts. Madigan is currently investigating those breaches and two others reported this year by Neiman Marcus and Michaels Stores.

Last week, Madigan testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade about her ongoing investigations and the urgent need for Congress to address the epidemic of data breaches being reported by companies nationwide.

“Identity theft is perhaps the most damaging financial scam that affects people today,” said Madigan. “Last year alone, $21 billion was lost to identity theft. The harm being done to consumers is too great to allow these breaches to continue without a concerted effort by both the government and the private sector to stop them from happening.”

Identity theft has been a persistent problem for Illinois consumers as technology has opened consumers up to more risk when they shop online and use their debit and credit cards at stores. In the last seven years, identity theft complaints have ranked among the top two complaints filed with Madigan’s office.

In response, Madigan’s office worked to enact a 2005 state law that requires companies to promptly notify their customers of data breaches to ensure consumers know when their sensitive data has been compromised.

The following year, Madigan launched her office’s Identity Theft Unit and Hotline (1-866-999-5630), which is staffed by a team of experts who provide one-on-one assistance to help consumers report the crime to law enforcement and financial institutions, repair their credit, and prevent future problems. Since the creation of the hotline, the Attorney General’s office has received more than 40,000 requests for assistance from victims of identity theft and assisted in removing $26 million in unauthorized charges from consumers’ accounts.

Top 10 Breakdown

Madigan’s annual top 10 list of consumer complaints ranks every complaint her office receives on a range of topics, including complaints about mortgage lending, debt collection, credit cards and common consumer scams. The rise in data breach complaints contributed to identity theft complaints ranking second on the list, for a total of 3,009 complaints. Of those complaints, consumers reported incidents of fraudulent charges on their existing accounts, thieves opening new accounts in their names and instances of bank fraud, such as stolen checks or fraudulent withdrawals made to a victim’s bank account.

In total, Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau achieved about $1.18 billion in savings and restitution for Illinois consumers in 2013. In addition to identity theft complaints, Madigan noted other categories that topped her list of complaints involved consumer debt, telecommunications and home repair:



1. Consumer Debt (mortgage lending, debt collections, credit cards)


2. Identity Theft (fraudulent credit cards and utility accounts, bank fraud)


3. Telecommunications (wireless service, local phone service, cable/satellite)


4. Construction/Home Improvement (remodeling, roofs/gutters)


5. Motor Vehicles/Used Auto Sales (as-is sales, financing, warranties)


6. Promotions & Schemes (sweepstakes, pyramid, work-at home scams)


7. Mail Order (Internet purchases, catalog ordering, television/radio)


8. Fraud Against Business (consulting, directories/publications)


9. Motor Vehicle/Non-Warranty Repair (collision/body, engines)


10. Travel (time shares, promotions/sales, travel agents)


For more information, visit Madigan’s website or contact her office about issues ranging from home foreclosure to identity theft:

Consumer Fraud Hotlines:

1-800-386-5438 (Chicago), 1-800-243-0618 (Springfield) or 1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)

Spanish Language Hotline: 1-866-310-8398

Identity Theft Hotline: 1-866-999-5630

Homeowner Helpline: 1-866-544-7151

Black Alliance for Educational Options teams up again with Award-Winning Gospel Artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp to promote parent choice and educational options for Black families

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BAEO and Dr. Sapp to host educational dialogue along with musical performance on multi-city tour

WASHINGTON, DC (BlackNews.com) – The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is excited to partner again with Grand Rapids, Michigan pastor and Grammy-nominated, Dove, Stellar and BET award-winning gospel artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp for a multi-city tour to promote educational opportunities for Black families. Visiting 11 cities, the tour will launch on February 10 in Indianapolis, IN and culminate in historic Memphis, Tennessee on February 20. Each FREE event, entitled The 2014 School of Choice Tour with Pastor Marvin Sapp, will include a community discussion about the status of education for Black students and the options that are available for parents seeking educational opportunities for their children, as well as a special concert by Dr. Sapp.

“I’m extremely excited about partnering with BAEO again and promoting school choice to urban communities,” said Marvin Sapp. “As the president and founder of Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology Charter School (GREAAT), it is my pleasure to lend my talent and support in an effort to make parents aware of their options when it comes to education.”

Dr. Sapp opened the GREAAT Charter School in the fall of 2012 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GREAAT serves at the first public arts-integrated middle/high school performing arts academy in the West Michigan Area offering courses in instrumental music, vocal music, dance, graphic arts and theatre arts.

“BAEO is thrilled to share the stage with Dr. Marvin Sapp as we join together to educate our communities about the importance of parental choice and how every member of the community can be part of the movement to improve educational outcomes for Black students,” said Kenneth Campbell, BAEO President. “We hope to leverage this opportunity to not only inform and entertain, but to reach more parents and community leaders with a message of hope, educational achievement, and future success for our most precious gifts, our children.”

BAEO and Dr. Sapp toured last year for the first time together in front of more than 12,000 attendees in six states. This year the tour has expanded to 11 states. “We increased the number of cities for the tour because ultimately we want to reach more people with our message to inform, inspire and empower parents to mobilize and learn about the value of parental choice in helping to increase achievement for Black students,” said Campbell. All events will be free and open to the public. Information about educational options available in the local areas as well as how community members can play a more active role in supporting parental choice and educational options will be available at each tour location.

Advance interview opportunities will also be available for BAEO representatives and Dr. Sapp. For more information, members of the media should contact, Tanzi West Barbour, National Director of Communications at 202-253-6233 or tanzi@baeo.org. Getty images will be available after Tuesday, February 11.

Event details include:


Black Alliance for Educational Options
Dr. Marvin L. Sapp

When & Where:

February 10 – Indianapolis, IN
Mount Zion Apostolic Church
4900 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46218

February 11 – Louisville, KY
Christ Temple Christian Life Center
723 S 45th St, Louisville, KY 40211

February 12 – Nashville, TN
Mount Zion Baptist Church
7594 Old Hickory Blvd, White Creeks, TN 37189

February 13 – Chattanooga, TN
Olivet Baptist Church
740 E Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403

February 14 – Atlanta, GA
Morehouse College
830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

February 15 – Jacksonville, FL
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

February 16 – Huntsville, AL
Oakwood University Seventh-Day Adventist Church
5500 Adventist Blvd, NW, Huntsville, AL 35896

February 17 – Montgomery, AL
New Life Church of God in Christ
5000 Patterson Road, Montgomery, AL 36116

February 18 – Jackson, MS
Greater Bethlehem Temple
1505 Robinson Street, Jackson, MS 39203

February 19 – New Orleans, LA
Greater St. Stephens Ministries
5600 Read Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127

February 20 – Memphis, TN
Greater Community Temple
924 North Dunlap, Memphis, TN 38107

About BAEO
BAEO is an advocacy organization whose mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families. BAEO was founded in 2000 and champions parental choice policies and programs that serve low-income and working-class Black families, but is equally focused on promoting quality to ensure that Black students have access to high-performing schools. BAEO envisions a future where low-income and working-class Black families are empowered to choose a high-quality primary and secondary education for their children that enable them to pursue the college or career path of their choice, become economically independent adults, and engage in the practice of freedom. For more details, visit www.BAEO.org

Tennis Great Venus Williams to headline Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

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The much-anticipated event will take place February 26 – March 1, 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida at the Boca Raton Resort and Club

Boca Raton, FL (BlackNews.com) — Tennis superstar and entrepreneur Venus Williams will headline the 2014 Women of Power Summit in Boca Raton, Florida. Presented by Black Enterprise Magazine, the Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women of color, annually attracting more than 800 corporate executives, professionals and businesswomen from across the country. It will take place February 26 – March 1, 2014 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

Williams, who along with her sister Serena has ruled the world of professional tennis for more than a decade, is more than just a sports superstar. She is best-selling author, fashion designer and entrepreneur to her many accomplishments. Her businesses include, V*STARR and EleVen.

Other featured headliners of the 2014 Women of Power Summit include iconic civil rights activist and former NAACP Chairperson, Myrlie Evers-Williams; Apple Inc. Environmental Initiatives VP and former White House Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Lisa Jackson; and Linda Johnson-Rice and Desiree Rogers, chairperson and CEO, respectively, of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.

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Photo Caption: Venus Williams, entrepreneur and tennis superstar

Comptroller, Governor Host Pet Adoption Event at Paws Chicago

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Topinka and Quinn push to make 2014 the year of animal rescue

Governor Pat Quinn and his new dog Rosie joined Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka for a tour of the PAWS Chicago facility with founder Paula Fasseas (right) before a Comptroller’s Critters pet adoption event Sunday, February 9. Photo by: Teresa Potasiak

CHICAGO- Governor Pat Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka hosted a Comptroller’s Critters pet adoption event at PAWS Chicago Sunday, February 9.

Nearly three years ago, Comptroller Topinka created the Comptroller’s Critters Pet Adoption Program to find good homes for shelter animals and save taxpayer dollars by avoiding the costs associated with overpopulation and animal control efforts. Around 100 shelters, including PAWS Chicago, have signed on to the effort in the time since its launch, and it has resulted in more than 2,200 pet adoptions.

On Sunday, Topinka toured the PAWS Chicago facility with Governor Quinn, PAWS Founder Paula Fasseas, and the Governor’s new terrier mix, Rosie.

“There are so many wonderful animals out there in need of homes,” Topinka said. “I applaud Governor Quinn for promoting the health and wellbeing of animals by adopting his new dog Rosie. Because that’s what this effort is all about-introducing these critters to the right people.”

In advance of Valentine’s Day, Kirk and Davis call to end Job-Crushing Federal Sugar Program

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More than 7,000 Illinois Jobs Depend on the Candy Industry

Recently Passed Farm Bill Continues Price Supports That Have Shipped 130,000 Jobs Overseas

CHICAGO. IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Congressman Danny Davis (D-Ill.-07), and Bill Kelley, Vice Chair of Jelly Belly, Inc. held a press conference today to call for an end of the U.S. Sugar Program that artificially creates high prices for sugar producers at the expense of consumers and Illinois-based candy manufacturers. The U.S. Sugar Program sets prices and limits exports, which has doubled the cost of domestic sugar compared to global prices.
Sen. Kirk and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) have introduced legislation in the Senate to end the program, but the effort was not included in the recently passed Farm Bill due to extensive lobbying from “Big Sugar.” Congressman Davis is leading a similar effort in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“For decades, Chicago has been known as the ‘candy capital’ of the world, but that status is in jeopardy because of the federal Sugar Program,” Senator Kirk said. “More than 130,000 American jobs have been lost over the past 15 years to countries like Brazil because of artificially high domestic sugar prices. It’s time that we end this program that has cost American consumers nearly $14 billion since 2008.”

“In 1987 Brach’s, located in the 7th Congressional District, was Chicago’s sixth-largest manufacturer, with 4,000 workers,” Congressman Davis said. “The average worker spent 27 years in a Brach’s plant.  Largely due to the sugar subsidy those jobs, those careers, are gone now and the old Brach’s factory in the industrial park on Chicago’s Westside which once employed over 1,000 workers is a wasteland. The continuation of the sugar program today puts 600,000 American manufacturing jobs at unnecessary risk while the cost to taxpayers has skyrocketed and will continue to grow.”

Candy and confectionery companies employ more than 7,000 people in Illinois. Jelly Belly, Ferrara Pan, Mars, Nestle and Tootsie Roll are just some of the nationwide household names with factories in the state.

On May 22, 2013, the U.S. Senate voted on the Shaheen-Kirk Amendment to the Farm Bill that would have ended the Sugar Program.  As a result of significant lobbying by sugar producers, the amendment failed narrowly by a vote of 45-54. In June, the House voted on a similar proposal backed by Congressman Davis with a vote of 206-221. The Farm Bill was signed into law by President Obama last week.

Two powerful books for Black History Month: A Black History of American Riots & A Black Student Empowerment Manual

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“Whirlwind Or The Storm, LA Riots Perspectives” (endorsed by radio/television personality and author Tavis Smiley) chronicles the truth about rioting in America where Blacks are concerned and “The Elevator Is Broken” (endorsed by renowned psychologist, author and educator Dr. Na’im Akbar) is a tool for students, as well as parents and teachers to enhance a Black child’s leadership and study skills

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — In time for Black History Month, Tenacious Books re-releases two of its strongest books; one that reveals Black History, and one that creates Black History. Whirlwind Or The Storm, LA Riots Perspectives (endorsed by radio/television personality and author Tavis Smiley) chronicles the truth about rioting in America where Blacks are concerned and The Elevator Is Broken (endorsed by renowned psychologist, author and educator Dr. Na’im Akbar) is a tool for students, as well as parents and teachers to enhance a Black child’s leadership and study skills.

One of the key ways in which we can keep our youth focused on greatness is to give them the tools they need to develop themselves.

The purpose of The Elevator is Broken is to make students more productive in and outside of the classroom. This powerful manual assists students with identifying and developing their leadership and decision-making skills. Written by educators Dr. John Hamilton and Larry Brown, M.A., The Elevator Is Broken is a “crucial tool to reach Black youth before they go astray, rather than trying to reform them after they have been misled,” according to Dr. Na’im Akbar. Another key to greatness is to have a realistic view of history and our part in it.

With Whirlwind Or The Storm, award-winning author, lecturer and filmmaker Darryl James assembled an in-depth study of rioting in America (studying riots from the 1800’s through 1992) and a collection of personal statements written on the twentieth anniversary of the infamous 1992 riots in LA, from the likes of LA Mayor James K. Hahn, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Comedian Paul Mooney, cops, gang members and a host of activists, politicians and average citizens, delivering their own perspectives on rioting in America.

Dr. Na’im Akbar describes The Elevator Is Broken as a “readable and doable manual to help young people learn leadership. Using a language and examples that fit their experience, young people can learn to lead themselves to success. This book should be a requirement for all young people (especially those most socially vulnerable), from third grade to the college years.”

“I’ve known Darryl James since the early 1990’s,” said Tavis Smiley. “Over the years, he has never shied away from taking an unpopular position if he believes it is the right thing to do or say. James’ writing helps to spark much-needed dialogue and has such an edge that even if you don’t agree, it compels you to take a moment and think about it.”

Both books are available in paperback on www.TenaciousBooks.com or www.BrokenElevator.org and as Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com.

Tenacious Books is a publishing company offering editing, ghostwriting, design, printing and publishing for independent authors. For Black History Month, Tenacious is offering a special for new authors seeking to self-publish: $1300 for editing, design, formatting and printing, making the new books available for sale on Amazon.com.

To place immediate orders for Whirlwind Or The Storm, and/or The Elevator Is Broken, to arrange book signings, interviews or lectures, contact Tenacious Books, 9701 Wilshire Blvd. 10th floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Phone them at (888) 501-4448.

Probation Challenge presents an Unprecedented African American Event Celebration February 12th to Plea for the Hearts of Youth

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CHICAGO, IL – Probation Challenge will present “An African American History Celebration with Solutions’, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 11:00 am, at Josephine Cooking, formerly called Captain Hard Times, 436 East 79th Street in Chicago. There will be a plea for the hearts of youth.

A much respected voice among youth and elders in the community, Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder and president of the Probation Challenge organization, for more than 35-plus-years labored with the youth of Chicago, County of Cook and State of Illinois. The program emanated from the courtroom of the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham.

After 4-years of successful educational training from a courtroom in the criminal courts building, at the suggestion of the late Mayor Harold Washington who admired the program, Bailey moved the program to Olive-Harvey College campus. The program remained there for over 27-years without a hint of scandal. The program was “illegally” evicted after the death of Judge Pincham who mentored Bailey. The program is also under the ‘Illinois State Statue’ entitled ‘The Probation Challenge Act’. Probation Challenge is the first court mandated program of its kind in the country where clients are forced to help themselves through mandated education – school or jail!

During Bailey’s years of educating youth and returning them back into society as meaningful and productive persons, he earned the respect of thousands and has taught clients to hear and adhere to sound judgment! After the program was closed, youth scattered throughout the city causing havoc and brought about a high rate of recidivism.

Bailey, in noting the high ‘avoidable crime rate’ and acquainted with the ‘orchestrated drug influence’ in the community, decided to become vocal once again to those many youth that will listen and adhere to ‘sound and rational judgment.’  Bailey is not fearful of intimidation by his un-conventional moves – and is convinced that “God can move by His spirit regarding matters of peace if based on truth.” Bailey will take to the International Media Stage, which will be taped on February 12th and will later air on The PCC Internet Broadcast Network.

Said Bailey, “It is not for the love of money that I’m involved with the hearts and souls of youth, but on a spiritual mission that I’m compelled to accomplish.”

Without fanfare, Rev. Bailey served 23-years of his career with Probation Challenge under City Colleges of Chicago, without compensation. Bailey never ceased in his leadership, but has proved that love covers a multitude of false.

Bailey refuses to not give his best to the world in spiritual mentoring. He also reluctantly admits to using his retirement funds to keep the program afloat… and to demonstrate to youth the power of love.

Participants in the February 12th event are: Chinta Strausberg, Juanita Bratcher, John Davis, Geri Patterson, Maureen ‘Moe’ Forte’, Former Mayor Joe DuPar, Howard Saffold,  Randolph Stone, Josephine Wade, Eddie Thomas, Hubert C. Jackson, Marvin Forbish, Rev. A.J. Bailey, Jr., Marshall Thompson, Mitty Collier, Claudette Henderson, Rev. John Wesley Moore and Clarence McMillan. There will be prayers for troubled youth and for the United States.

Also, supporting Judges of Probation Challenge – Justice William Cousins, Jr., Judge Mary Maxwell Thomas and Federal Judge Blanche Manning are expected to participate.  Other Judges along with respected community leaders are also slated to attend.

‘The public is encouraged to attend. There is no cost for this event’

Please Note: The Media, (Print and Electronic) Industry is asked to participate in this serious effort to curb crime, drugs and violence! “This matter has been too long a prevalent issue in our City of Chicago, County of Cook and The State of Illinois” – Rev. Harold E. Bailey.

T.I., Miguel, Ricky Rozay and more to perform during All Star Weekend in New Orleans, La., February 14-16

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Cliffhanger Productions Presents 3 nights of LIVE performances by Rick Rozay, Miquel, TI, Darnaa, and Yo Gotti with DJ Esco live on the decks til’ wee hours of the morning in celebration of NBA All Star Weekend 2014.

Confirmed Athletes & Entertainers include: Ricky Rozay (performing on 2/14), Miquel/TI/Darnaa (performing on 2/15), Yo Gotti (performing on 2/16), Bryant McKinnie (NBA Miami Dolphins), Joe Johnson (NBA Brooklyn Nets), Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (NBA Veteran), Cam Jordan (NFL New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl DE), Kenny Stills (NFL New Orleans Saints WR) Mychal Kendricks (NFL Philadelphia Eagles LB), (NFL North Carolina Panthers LB)Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop ATL), Erica Dixon (Love & Hip Hop ATL), Carl Anthony Payne (Actor “Crazy Sexy Cool”, “Martin”), plus many more.

Friday, February 14th, 2014 – Ricky Rozay Performance
Saturday, February 15th, 2014 – Miquel, TI & Darnaa Performance
Sunday, February 16th, 2014 – Yo Gotti Performance

7 pm- 4 am Nightly
8:15 pm Press/Media Check-In
9 pm Traditional Red Carpet

907 South Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Internships vs. Externships – What’s the Difference?

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A brief discussion of internships and externships for African American students who are considering what career opportunities to pursue while still in school

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Summer is fast approaching and students all over the country are already applying for summer internships. But what about externships? What are they, and what’s the difference between the two?

Internships and externships are both on-the-job training programs for high school students, college students and sometimes other professionals. They are similar to apprenticeship programs which are designed to teach someone a skill or trade in a professional environment.

But there are some differences:

#1 – Externships are shorter than internships – Internships are longer in duration and can last anywhere from 2-3 months, a semester, and in some cases an entire year. Externships, on the other hand, are for a considerably shorter length of time – sometimes just a few weeks.

#2 – Externships are more observational – Students serving as interns will be given meaningful projects, be assigned responsibilities, and work deadlines and expectations. Externships, however, are generally considered job shadowing opportunities. Students are typically just observing, exploring and asking questions.

#3 – Externships can lead to internships – A student participating in an externship can possibly be hired for an internship within the same company. So externship students should approach this job-shadowing opportunity with the same amount of professionalism, and commitment they would demonstrate with an internship.

Both internships and externships are great opportunities for students to gain valuable exposure into their chosen profession, and both offer benefits that can help students make good career choices. In summary, an externship can lead to an internship, and an internship can lead to a job.

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