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Personal and Professional Empowerment

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Black and Gold Scholarship Ball

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Worthy Causes to Benefit from Norfolk Southern's Art Sale

New Museum Documents Library’s Past in Portsmouth

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Hampton Roads Native Pharrell Signs With Columbia Records

Columbia Records is thrilled

to announce a new partnership with Grammy Award-winning singer/ songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams. The internationally renowned artist's new single "Happy," featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), will also be featured on Williams' forthcoming Columbia Records full-length debut, set to be released in 2014.

Just last month, Williams released

Norfolk Southern will direct $1.5 million of the proceeds of the art sale to the Virginia Museum of Transportation's campaign to restore the Class J 611 steam locomotive to service.

NORFOLK, Va.,-- The

sale by Norfolk Southern of a work of art at an auction last month will benefit three more charitable causes in addition to the previously announced donation to the Fire Up 611! campaign, the Norfolk Southern Foundation announced.

"Each one of these

organizations plays an important role in enriching a community where Norfolk Southern has a major presence," said Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman. "These donations will be transformative for each of them, and we feel fortunate to be able to share the sale's proceeds with them."

A $500,000 donation to

ACCESS College Foundation will allow the Norfolk organization to expand programming and provide those "last dollar" scholarships to students in Hampton Roads, many of whom are first

generation college students. ACCESS College Foundation provides a path to attend and complete college for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity

Feeding America

Southwest Virginia will receive $252,000 to purchase a new roof, allowing the Roanoke, Va., food bank to replace a roof that has far exceeded its useful life. The organization feeds Southwest Virginia's hungry through a network of partners and engages the region in the fight to end hunger.

The Harrison Museum of

African American Culture in Roanoke will receive $25,000 that will enable the museum to purchase exhibits and displays. The Harrison Museum of African American Cultures, Inc. (HMAAC) is a cultural and educational institution committed to advocating, showcasing, preserving and


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the world's first 24 hour music video for "Happy," which is presented as an interactive clock, featuring a diverse cast of characters dancing along to the song. The one-of-a-kind clip can be seen at "Happy," which is a Top 10 hit on iTunes across the globe, is available now.

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Free January 2014

Award-Winning Superstar Pharrell Williams News of the signing adds to an already

incredible year for Williams. Having co-written and been featured on two of 2013's best-selling tracks—Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"— Williams has also received seven Grammy nominations: Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), two nominations for Record of the Year ("Get Lucky" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams), two nominations for Best Pop Duo/Performance ("Get Lucky" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell

Williams), and two Album of the Year nominations ("Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk and "good kid, m.A.A.d city" by Kendrick Lamar).

"When we excitedly partnered with

Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again," says Columbia Records Chairman/CEO Rob Stringer. "Since then, 'Blurred Lines' and 'Get Lucky' have defined pop music in 2013, and now we are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. 'Happy' is just the beginning."

Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using


Coming Soon: New Mortgage Rules Borrowers Should Know About

Aimed at preventing payment problems and home foreclosures Attention mortgage shoppers:

Important new rules are taking effect soon that will protect consumers from risky mortgages and help borrowers better manage a home loan.

The rules from the Consumer

Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which will implement provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, address concerns about the mortgage lending process that resulted in some borrowers facing payment problems and home foreclosures in the recent financial crisis. In particular, the new rules are meant to ensure that consumers are not encouraged by a lender or loan broker to take a mortgage that they don’t have the ability to repay. Other provisions in the rules will help consumers do a better job of protecting themselves.

“The CFPB’s mortgage-related

rulemakings will set the stage for the mort- gage-lending process in the future,” said

Jonathan Miller, Deputy Director in the FDIC’s Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection.

FDIC Consumer News previously reported

on some of the coming changes, but here is a closer look at the new rules plus practical tips for mortgage shoppers and borrowers. Note: MORTGAGE RULES PAGE 6

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