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Priceless Vol 9 Number 11

Personal and Professional Empowerment

Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006

Hampton University: 145th Annual Commencement Photos

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The History of the Virginia Caribbean-American Cultural Association Detailed

2015 Hampton Jazz Festival Highlights

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Eddie Johnson- Clayton shows dedication

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SBA Announces Mike Muse as My Brother’s Keeper Millennial Entrepreneur Champion Launches as new Multi-Media Platform

WASHINGTON – Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration


announced Mike Muse, CEO of Muse Recordings as SBA’s My Brother’s Keeper Millennial Entrepreneur Champion.

“Millennial SPECIAL TO HRM The Virginia Caribbean-

American Cultural Association is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit charitable and cultural

founded and incorporated in

December 2005. started

was the spark that originally ignited

of this organization? organization

mind of organizer

organization What

the establishment The

in the Michael

Forde. Mr. Forde came to Virginia on a military assignment to Langley Air Force Base in 1993. After serving over 28 years of active retired

military honorably

service, he in

at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the

and remained and sought

As a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Forde was sorely missing his Caribbean culture and traditions

out organizations in the area that were actively promoting the culture, but he could find none that represented his core belief.

However, that was about to change; as a staunch

2003 in

Hampton Roads area. believer where cultural diversity

in a community is

celebrated; and the quality of life of individuals enriched; he set out to bring the Caribbean Diaspora in the Hampton Roads area

together cultural to activities engage in indigenous

to the Caribbean. It was shortly thereafter that he also recognized that the association could not solely focus on Caribbean people but must also serve the community in which its

members reside. In his

quest to bring awareness to his heritage and culture and hope to the hopeless, he gathered a select group of like-minded individuals he called Founding Members: George Welch, Pat Forde, Donna Jackson, Yvonne Lynch,

Abby Mills, Flavel

Blyden, and Lora Teague, to help bridge the cultural divide, promote their ethnicity, and celebrate the magic of their culture with others.


founding members anticipated the need to provide the most essential and comprehensive set of charitable services that serve the economically


are risk-takers making big leaps in small and growing businesses and adding

boost the U.S. economy. Mike Muse’s experience

fresh ideas in

to entre-

preneurship and track record of savvy business ventures make him an ideal champion for millennial said

entrepreneurs,” Sweet. support President

Administrator Contreras- “Together, we will Obama’s

My Brother’s Keeper Initiative by empowering young people in many of our underserved communities with SBA resources, so that they can dream big and propel the entrepreneurial spirit of their generation forward.”


As the SBA My Brother’s Keeper Entrepreneur Champion, Mike

Muse and the SBA will hold summits across the country, to include events and practical,


Wheels and Deals: Finding an Auto Loan That’s Good to Go

Buying a car can be vulnerable

individuals in our communities CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL PAGE 15

This Edition’s Highlights

Health Editorial Education

Anti-bullying: When Adults Are Held Accountable, Children Learn Plan for Diabetes Care in Heat & Emergencies

3 Options to Consider if You Can’t Afford Your Student Loan Payment

Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch

Community Development Training in Newport News Camelot Unity Day Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award

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exciting, but don’t lose sight of how you will pay for it. Here are our latest tips on financing a vehicle through an auto loan.


reports long before you go to purchase Correcting


your credit a


such as an erroneous history of late payments, can help you get the best loan possible. Fixing mistakes may also save you money on car insurance.

To request free copies

of your credit reports, go to www.annualcre- or call 1-877-322-8228. This is the only authorized site to obtain your free credit reports.

Consider getting pre-approved for a

loan from at least one financial institution before you go to the dealership. A financial institution, such as one where you already have an account, may offer you a better

interest rate than what you get offered through the dealership. And, don’t share with the dealer the interest rate you’ve been offered in case you want to explore loan options at the showroom.

Consumer advocates also suggest that you

not even tell the dealer whether you’ve already been pre-approved for a loan until after you’ve negotiated the purchase price. That’s because some dealers may be less flexible on the price


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