Priceless Vol 13 Number 11

Personal and Professional Empowerment

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

Boxing Legend Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker Remembered

Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Road • Suffolk, VA 23434


Te family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the many prayers, expressions of love, concern, generosity and kindness shown to us during this difficult time.


Tank you to CBN for opening your hearts to our family

Meet Miss Black Virginia 2020

Tank you to Graves Funeral Home for their outstanding service; they have been such a blessing to our family.

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Harvey Ben Kinchlow touched thousands of lives and for that we give all the glory to the King of Kings.

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Virginia Mourns Former NSU President Harrison B. Wilson

the years after the Civil War. Marguerite Ayers, his beloved mother, carried on this tradition by impressing the value of education upon Harrison and his four brothers and sisters. With all his accomplishments, he conceived of himself as a link within a longer chain of past and future; of triumphs, setbacks, and continuous learning.

President of Norfolk State Gabrielle E. Wilks SPECIAL TO THE HAMPTON ROADS MESSENGER

A first generation Jamaican-American, residing in Douglasville, Georgia by way of Brooklyn, New York, Gabrielle E. Wilks is a 20-year- old Senior attending Virginia State University pursuing a double major in Biology and Mathematics with a cumulative grade point average of a 3.6.

At her university,

Gabrielle has been a uniting figure in placing an emphasis on civic engagement and community


Her involvement on campus includes pioneering an ‘Annual Women’s Tea’ which gave young women an opportunity to focus on the importance of branding oneself and the true definition of embracing one’s own purpose through

fellowship over food, games, giveaways, etiquette, and several guest speakers. She was also responsible for the first ever ‘Men’s Appreciation Week’ at Virginia State University. This week focused on the importance of showing the young men on campus that they were as much of a priority as their women counterparts, to include their well-being mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Bridging the gap

from the university to the community, Gabrielle has held several positions that have impacted both Virginia State University and the surrounding communities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Ettrick, VA. Some of her

MISS VIRGINIA PAGE 4 This Edition’s Highlights

Health Opinion Education

Sleeping With Artificial Light Linked With Weight Gain 11 Poverty and the Fallacy of Economic Greatness TMCF on Budget and Debt Ceiling Deal

Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch

Grant Supports Downtown Suffolk Retailers

Hampton U vs. Virginia Union U Cameron Impact Scholarship


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BY FDIC Buying your first home can be

intimidating, so take some proactive steps to make the process more manageable

A house could be the biggest purchase

you will ever make, and the process of shopping for a home and obtaining a mortgage can be overwhelming. However, there are


Dr. Harrison B. Wilson II, former

president of Norfolk State University, has passed from this life after 94 fulfilling years. Many knew Dr. Wilson for his lifetime of organizational leadership, not only during his tenure at Norfolk State, but for his broader contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. Dr. Wilson always explained his life in the context of his past, positing that his achievements were rooted long before his birth on April 21, 1925. His grandmother taught school to the formerly enslaved in

University from 1975-1997, Dr. Wilson's professional and community successes seem unbounded. In 1946, after service in the United States Navy during World War II, Dr. Wilson enrolled in Kentucky State University, just miles from where his mother and father were born. There, he would receive the familial and educational support that would launch a lifetime of accomplishment. In college he pledged to the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and thrived as a member of the Thoroughbreds basketball team. After graduating with high honors in 1950, Dr. Wilson carried his Kentucky State education further, pursuing his PhD at Indiana University while serving as head basketball coach at Jackson State University. While coaching in Jackson, he earned his doctorate of education, accomplished a coaching record of 365 wins and 74 losses, and birthed four boys with his


Real Estate: Thinking About Buying your First House?

HU Receives Grant to Create Esports Lab

Honoring the Well-Lived Life of Ben Kinchlow

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steps you can take to make the process more manageable and the purchase more attainable.

1. Know Your Credit History and Score One of the key factors in getting

approved for a loan is your credit score. Your credit history determines your score, and the higher the score, the better the loan terms become. You are entitled to a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus: Transunion, Experian, and Equifax. Go to, the official site for consumers to obtain free credit reports, or call 1-877-322-8228. If you notice any errors on your report, work on correcting them as soon as possible. The Federal Trade Commission offers helpful suggestions on how to fix errors on credit reports at Disputing Errors on Credit Reports.

A high credit score helps you not only

get approved for a mortgage, it also improves the terms available. Here is a breakdown of


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