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Priceless Vol 10 Number 5

Review: 2015 Presidential Photos

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African Americans in 2015: A Year of Anguish, Anxiety and Activism

Personal and Professional Empowerment

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

Grammy Winning Singer Natalie Cole Dies at Age 65

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Free January 2016

NSU Takes Steps to Appoint Eddie Moore President

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Exciting Start to College Bowl Season: North Carolina A&T Wins Inaugural Celebration Bowl 41-34


Carolina A&T Aggies (10-2) held on for a 41-34 win against the

Braves (9-4) in the inaugural

Alcorn State Air Force

Sandra Bland Freddy Gray

Reserve Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome. There were over 35,000 fans in attendance

to kick

off the college bowl season on ABC.


Coming into this both


A memorial in front of Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. where nine African American parishioners were shot to death by a White gunman June 17, 2014. Photo: Andrea Muhammad

BY: STARLA MUHAMMAD & CHARLENE MUHAMMAD After people a year of young

leading angry street protests in response to disturbing deaths of Blacks in police

custody and

mistreatment of Blacks by law enforcement and the courts, 2016 will likely

resistance as activists vow to continue

battling social and

economic injustice and racism. If 2015 is any indication,

more direct action is coming as the country heads into a new year and the last term of its first Black president, analysts said.

bring more

In unemployment, housing, education,


and health, Blacks continued languishing behind Whites. Increased White


racial tension and manifested

itself through targeted opposition to the #BlackLives- Matter movement, roadblocks to voter registration, discrimination

on college

campuses and violence, including the slaughter of nine Black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. by a White gunman.

ACTIVISM PAGE 5 This Edition’s Highlights

Health Editorial Education

New Technology Helps Fight Cancer in Hampton Roads Stop Wasting Valuable Time In 2016 HU Signs Memorandum of Agreement with the Coast Guard

Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch

New Portsmouth Department Heads Selected and Announced Celebrate MLK, Jr.'s Birthday with Norfolk Public Library Minority Scholarship Award for Law School

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were known primarily for their defense with North Carolina A&T ranked second and Alcorn State third in total defense in the FCS, but it turned out to be big plays on offense that set the tone of the game.

The Braves trailed for much of the game

with the Aggies leading by as much as 18 in the second quarter. The second half was a completely

different story with an all-out

The North Carolina A&T Aggies celebrate their 41-34 victory over Alcorn in the Inaugural Celebration Bowl. View more Celebration Bowl photos on page 9. Photo by Phil Ellsworth, ESPN Images

back-and-forth offensive battle. Tarik

Cohen, the Offensive MVP, provided


Bowl the 73-yard

tie-breaking touchdown run with 4:17 left to play. Cohen feasted on the Alcorn state defense finishing with a school-record 295 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 22 carries.


Banking Tips for Small Businesses: A Checklist for Entrepreneurs


Getting or a business

up and running can be

rewarding, but

it also can be risky and time-consuming. Here are some simple strategies that may help entrepreneurs and

other small

business owners get the most from their banking relationships and avoid frauds or scams.

The Basics Prepare or revisit your business plan. A

business plan provides a small business owner with a roadmap to help his or her venture succeed. A lender will generally ask to review your business plan when you apply for a loan. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a free tool to help you develop a basic business plan.

Consider sources of assistance for launching or expanding a small business.

You may want to start with resources available through the SBA, such as your local SBA District Office and SBA partners that can provide services such as training and coaching. Many of these organizations use the FDIC– SBA Money Smart for Small Business financial education curriculum for entrepreneurs (see FDIC/SBA Financial Education Curriculum for Small Businesses is Updated and Expanded).

Connect with small business specialists at your bank. Many banks have a designated


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