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Reader Question: How Do You Relocate And Get Back On Your Feet After A Business Falls Apart?

March 17th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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We’d like to once again thank our special guest, financial expert Lynn Richardson, for taking a reader question. Known as the “Madea of Money,” Richardson is a money coach, author, the president of Hip Hop Sisters and COO of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit. You can follow her on Twitter and on her website. You can check out the response to her previous question here.

A single mom of four tells MadameNoire that she’s making the move from Detroit to Atlanta after her business fell apart and her home fell into foreclosure. At the moment, she’s working as a freelance massage therapist. What’s your advice to help this mom get back on her feet and off to ATL?

Lynn Richardson: When an income is lost for one reason or another, all too often we wait until the bottom falls completely out of our financial bowl before we make adjustments to our daily expenditures. The key to winning when a financial loss has been experienced is to act quickly and proactively. These tips should help you weather the financial storm until you are ready to blossom in the Atlanta sun:

-Cut each and every unnecessary expense immediately. Unnecessary or excessive household expenses should be minimized and, quite frankly, cable should be the first thing to go. Who needs to watch others making their dreams come true on television while we’re struggling? Get all the news and updates you need from the internet and get an independent internet service that also allows your device to operate as a mobile hotspot.

In addition, luxuries like hair, nail and spa appointments should be on an immediate cease-and-desist order. Soak the acrylic or gel off of your nails, find ways to manage your hair, and enlist a friend or family member for a quick shoulder rub if the stress is on.

Lastly, any additional extracurricular activities for the kids may also have to be put on a brief hiatus. Talk to them honestly about the situation and explain that every penny saved is a penny earned towards the new life in Georgia. Your goal should be to save at least three months of existing living expenses before you move to Atlanta and to find a way to share living expenses during your first year.

-Brand yourself in Atlanta before you get there.  Create a free blog at www.wordpress.com to promote and talk about your services. Use a service like Constant Contact to send eblasts promoting your business to your database. Make sure your business looks and feels like a stable enterprise to the outside world, including www.yourdomain.comemail@yourdomain.com and a toll-free line with your company name included. All of these services can be purchased for less than $25 in most cases.

-Research the competition in your industry in Atlanta and look for ways to partner to offer your services.  Offer gift certificates to corporations, non-profits, and small businesses. Seek teaching opportunities at state and community colleges. Find geographical areas where your services would be most beneficial, like business centers, shopping areas, and/or celebrity hot-spots. Look for ways to build your cashflow and then, when your financial basket is full of eggs, let them hatch for all of Atlanta to see as you rebuild, rebrand, and relocate!

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Takes Responsibility For The Great Ice Storm Gridlock Of 2014

January 30th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Abandoned cars on a Georgia highway. Drivers will begin picking up their cars today. via @AJC

Abandoned cars on a Georgia highway. Drivers will begin picking up their cars today. via @AJC

Update: Gov. Nathan Deal has apologized for the lack of preparation for the Atlanta-area debacle that left commuters stranded after hours of non-commuting on the states road, and left children to spend the night at their schools. “I accept responsibility for the fact that we did not make preparation early enough to avoid these consequences,” Gov. Deal said.

“I think we could have probably done a little better had we reacted earlier,” he told Fox News.

Meanwhile, drivers who left their cars on the road are beginning the process of retrieving them. And sounding off on the situation to CNN.

Gov. Deal is up for re-election in November.

Now that people have finally made it home through the crippling ice storm that brought Atlanta and its vicinity to a standstill, the question everyone is asking is: “How did this happen?”

To start, there’s the fact that Atlanta doesn’t normally get snow and ice. In the Northeast, where six, eight, or 10 inches isn’t beyond the realm of possibility, machinery and city staffers are ready to tackle whatever winter weather tosses at the area. However, the 2.5 inches that fell in the Atlanta region set a record, according to USA Today. But, perhaps learning a lesson from the 2011 storm, Mayor Kasim Reed said in a Today show interview this morning that Atlanta “invested $2.5 million in snow equipment and that is the reason that right now our streets are passable.” He emphasized that what you’re seeing in those images of cars stranded on Georgia highways are interstates and highways that he has no jurisdiction over.

But there was also the claim that the snow that fell on Atlanta was “unexpected.” Meteorologists have steadfastly denied that to whoever will listen. Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross wrote an open letter and appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show last night to say that the warnings were there, but “they [politicians] were waiting for the wrong thing”; for absolute confirmation from weather experts that a disaster would happen. He pointed the finger at a lack of planning and inexperience.

“Things don’t come along very often that require you to shut down the city,” he said.

Ultimately, CNN points out a few places where things can be improved. First, speaking to Mayor Reed’s point, the mayor doesn’t actually have jurisdiction over many of the roads surrounding Atlanta. That falls under the state’s purview and, since Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear in his comments (see that Rachel Maddow clip) that money more than safety and inconvenience motivated his decision-making, perhaps a few more voices need to chime in on these situations.

Mayor Reed concedes that the exodus should have been staggered, which probably would have helped. And then, more far-reaching, CNN questions whether Atlanta and its environs should have a better public transportation system.

For now, people who spent the past day or so in their cars and sleeping in stores are just happy to be home.

Childhood Dreams Dashed: Kandi And Todd Tucker Try To Sled And Fail Miserably

January 29th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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In case you haven’t heard, the city of Atlanta is in a state of crisis right now. The southern state is not really equipped to handle winter weather and yesterday presented a new challenge. There was snow and ice. And while many didn’t have fun in the winter weather, people, including children, were stuck on the road all night and had to sleep in their cars, Kandi and Todd tried to relive their childhood activities.

Tood took an innertube and tried to sled down the driveway. But it really didn’t end too well. Take a look and see what happened in the video below.

When it was Kandi’s turn, the two had wised up and Todd was there to help her out. Check it out.

Mayor Reed Says Everyone Leaving At The Same Time Caused Atlanta Ice Storm Standstill

January 29th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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stranded motoristsThe story coming out of Atlanta is amazing: children stranded at school and motorists sleeping in their cars after succumbing to commutes that stretched for hours and hours after an ice storm that dropped three inches of precipitation brought a major American metropolis to a virtual standstill. We have reports of people sleeping in CVS and Home Depot stores and cars sitting on highways like they’re parked at the local mall.

The Wall Street Journal reports that temperatures won’t rise above freezing today, further complicating an already strange and complicated situation.

“What I’m thinking of every moment is how to get people out of their cars,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said this morning on television. “If we had not had everyone exiting at the same time and going en route to pick up their children, I don’t believe we would have had the kind of gridlock that has resulted in what people are seeing around the nation.” Both he and the state’s Gov. Nathan Deal are advising people to stay off the road. The state government is shut down today.

via @KasimReed

via @KasimReed

To many, this is a repeat of a 2011 ice storm that also paralyzed the city. However, Gov. Deal said while there were lessons from years ago, this weather was unexpected. Reed said there have been no fatalities and equipment is on the job. Moreover, on CNN this morning, he touted the one million people that he says have made it out of the city and maintained there are decisions, like when businesses let their workers out, that he has no control over.

Of course, Twitter is going in.

“What a fool!! 2 inches of snow and Atlanta Mayor brags”There were no fatalities,” wrote one tweeter.

“[K]asim reed needs to be fired,” wrote another, simply.

Even Al Roker got in on the criticism, calling the Mayor and the Governor’s claims that the weather was unexpected ” not true.”

“We were talking about this Monday that this was going to happen. They took a gamble. They didn’t want to pre-treat the roads. I don’t think they wanted to spend the money to do what they needed to do…,” Roker said this morning. “This was poor planning on the Mayor and the Governor’s part. Pure and simple.”

Mayor Reed notes that this is a regional problem, with Gawker noting that there have been 300 car accidents in Texas and the WSJ reporting that Alabama has had five fatalities.

“Forecasters had warned that Atlanta was expecting 1 to 2 inches,” CNN reports separately. “But in the morning, when the snow had not arrived, people went to work and school, like nothing was coming.

“Then it did.”

‘Jungle Fever’ Note Left By Restaurant Valet Has Interracial Couple Fuming

January 5th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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While it may not be as big a deal to see an interracial couple anymore, Samuel and Kandea Aarons learned in a disappointing way that not everyone is as accepting of it yet.

The couple from Columbus, GA told MyFox Atlanta they were in Atlanta for a day of shopping and dining. They chose to eat at East Atlanta’s Spondivits and were met by a friendly enough parking attendant. They said it wasn’t until they got back to their home that they’d noticed the words “jungle fever” written on their valet ticket.

Kandea Aarons said she couldn’t believe it happened:

“I was upset but I was mainly disappointed. Disappointed that this is still taking place today. 2014. Especially in the big city of Atlanta.”

Of course, the message is referring to Spike Lee’s hit movie from the ’90s, Jungle Fever.

The general manager at Spondivits said he spoke to the parking attendant who serviced the Aarons and he admitted to writing the message. The attendant, who is African-American, was terminated for his actions. The GM then contacted the Aarons to apologize and offer them gift cards to eat at the restaurant in the future. However, Kandea Aarons turned down the offer and said she will be contacting an attorney.

Interesting.  It sounds like Spondivits may have some trouble on their hands if the Aarons’ attorney thinks they have a case.

After The Show It’s The After Party: Jay & Bey Rock To “Drunk In Love” In The Club

December 28th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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So while Mama Bey is on tour break, Papa Jay is still rolling along on his “Magna Carter Holy Grail” tour. Friday night’s stop was at Philips Arena in Atlanta. After putting on a 90 minute show (if you’ve ever been to a Jay Z concert, you know he performs almost all of his hits, just not in full), it was time for the Carters to hit the club.

The chosen spot for the night was Club Reign and with cousin Angie Beyince and other friends in tow, the VIP was rocking. As if on cue, the DJ dropped “Drunk in Love,” which has easily and quickly become a fan favorite from the Beyoncé album.  Although it’s dark, Bey and especially Jay are seen in the video below jammin’ to the track while still sitting in the VIP (you know the move: jamming hard to the song without ever getting out of your seat).

Bey had a little cocktail in her hand to go right along with her song and it looks like a fun time was had by all.

“Drunk in Love” is the song of choice right now for seemingly all the DJs when they see the couple: the day after Christmas, a DJ at Greenhouse nigh club in New York City dropped the track when the Carters were spotted walking in the club.

Cheers to love!

You Asked For It: Janelle Monae Rocks A Different Color For Wondaland Christmas Party!

December 21st, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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You know how you all are always saying you wish Janelle Monae would wear colors other than her standard black and white? Well, she finally posted pictures in something…a little different.

Friday night, Janelle and her team hosted Wondaland’s “T’was The Night Before Christmas” Party and apparently, the attire called for everyone to where their pajamas for the evening. As you can see, everyone donned their finest and Janelle stepped out in a red number.

Well, a red footed onesie, anyway. That’s right, the Electric Lady wore a Domo Kun onesie and looked as fabulous as ever.  It’s so crazy that even in her “down” gear, Janelle Monae always looks like a Cover Girl.  We totally need her skin regimen.

Of course, we shouldn’t expect to see Janelle bust out in a red number during her public performances but we’ve noticed that in her off time, Janelle takes her uniform off and cuts loose.

I’m going to also put this out here because I’ve been thinking about it for weeks: Janelle further solidifies my decision that I need one cute footed onesie in my wardrobe arsenal for the winter. You may laugh but I’ll be sipping hot chocolate in style.

Does This Boy Deserve A Year Suspension For Hugging His Teacher?

December 16th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: CBS Atlanta

Sam McNair is a 17 year old senior in Gwinnett County, Georgia. He plays football and lacrosse. But McNair has been suspended for a year and may not graduate on time all because of a hug.

According to the New York Daily News, last month, McNair walked up to his teacher, her back turned to him, and gave her a hug, putting his arm around her shoulders and nestling his head into her neck. A school hearing officer says his actions violate the Gwinnett County Public Schools’ sexual harassment policy.

School officials say McNair did more than just hug the teacher. They claim that when he put his head on the back of her neck, he kissed her. On the tape, you can see the teacher shove him away with her forearm.

McNair says he never kissed the teacher and he doesn’t believe his actions warrant this type of punishment. McNair says, “Something so innocent can be perceived as something totally opposite.”

McNair was suspended for a year meaning he won’t be able to graduate on time. And his mother April McNair says it could affect her son’s future.

“He’s a senior. He plays football and was getting ready for lacrosse, and you’re stripping him of even getting the opportunity of a full scholarship for athletics for college.”

But McNair’s teacher says that she had previously warned him about hugging her. His mother, April says that if her son had been reprimanded for hugging in the past, the school should have informed her about it.

Sam McNair said he was only trying to cheer her up. “You never know what someone’s going through, you know? A hug might help.”

A petition to overturn the punishment has been started on Change.org.

Take a look at the video below.

 

 

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Now, I certainly don’t feel like McNair should have been kicked out of school for the remainder of the year but looking at this video, it does seem like there was some type of inappropriate conduct involved. When he initially hugs her, she taps his arm, in an endearing manner. And then a second later you see her push him off. Something happened. And even McNair’s reaction afterward, as if nothing happened is a bit telling. If you were hugging someone, innocently, and they suddenly push you off of them, there would be a moment where you look hurt or affronted. He turned away trying to feign innocence, making me believe he did something not quite above board. As many teachers that are catching heat for sexually inappropriate behavior directed towards their students, there have to be measures that protect teachers from the same types of abuse.

What do you think about this story? Do you think McNair behaved inappropriately? What do you think about his punishment?

Tameka Raymond Keeping Son’s Memory Alive By Holding Race To Support Foundation!

November 30th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond hopes to keep the memory of her late son Kile Glover alive and one way she’s doing that is by honoring him with a 5K Run.

The Give Thanks 5K run/walk will take place Saturday morning in Atlanta and is being held to raise funds for the Kile’s World Foundation’s art initiative and camps.

The 11-year-old Glover died in a boating accident in Atlanta’s Lake Lanier over a year ago after being run over by a personal watercraft and suffering from critical injuries.

“I know when I’ll be running, I will be thinking of him,” said Raymond. “I’m thinking about him every day, but he was my running buddy.”

You can read what else Tameka had to say about her “running buddy” over on ESSENCE.com. While we’re sure it continues to be unbelievably hard to press on without him, we’re glad to see Tameka is keeping Kile’s name and legacy alive.

Rumor Control: Are Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Big Tigger Dating?

November 16th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Big Tigger hanging out with Keshia’s family (Source: Instagram)

Now, I’ve refrained from even mentioning this because you all would never believe it to be true (unless you’re in Atlanta and have witnessed somthing with your own eyes), but this rumor has been buzzing for quite some time that Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Big Tigger are dating.

Earlier this year, Tigger was allegedly spotted leaving Knight-Pulliam’s apartment building after a night out on the town. Now, of course that could have been totally innocent and since then, they’ve been spotted around Atlanta together at different events but not necessarily looking like an item. Although they’re both still in the public eye, neither of them have been really open about their love lives.

Until recently.

The Jasmine Brand recently caught up with Big Tigger at the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards and asked Tigger very directly about what’s going on in his personal life:

TJB: Before I let you go, what’s our love life like? You know what the rumors are – how’s our love life going?

BJ: Our love life is awesome!

TJB: Are we in a committed relationship?

BT: Our love life is awesome!

So okay, he doesn’t want to talk about it. Keshia, for her part, doesn’t do many interviews about anything so it’s hard to find anything she’s said about her love life. But we did find one interview from a few months ago that she did with Sasha from Kiss 10s 104.1. While the interview is mostly about her non-profit, Kamp Kizzy, she talks about her love life with her boyfriend, Darian, around the 3:50 second mark.

Big Tigger’s real name: Darian Morgan.

So yeah, we think there’s something going on with these two and while it does seem like a bit of an odd pairing, they go back years and most people will tell you that friends make the best lovers.

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