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Radio Facts: NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Get Schooled national spokesperson and hip-hop mogul DJ Khaled today joined Viacom to announce Key to Social Change, an initiative...
Research Shows African Americans Are More Optimistic About Their Financial Futures Than Any Other...
RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) announced today that its Financial Focus research study shows African Americans are more optimistic about their financial futures than any other race/ethnicity with 53 percent expecting significant personal financial improvements within the next five years—and despite a pay gap between white and black families, according to the Census Bureau’s 2017 Current Population Survey. Looking ahead just to 2018, African Americans are more optimistic than Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans, and are equally optimistic as Latino Americans: 34 percent of African Americans project their financial situation will get much better in 2018. “These results reflect progress and efforts to elevate the community’s access to financial planning resources,” said Allison Green, senior vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Engagement for Lincoln Financial Group. “By increasing understanding of the products and solutions that enhance the long-term financial outlook for African Americans, there is an opportunity to ensure these numbers continue to trend upward. At the same time, there is still work to be done.” The research also shows that, despite widespread optimism about their financial futures, African Americans do express some concerns over the long-term:
- Handling unforeseen health expenses
- Saving for retirement
- Providing for their family
- Paying off debt
The Nation’s Largest Gathering of African-American Women Welcomes Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland, Patina Miller, Iyanla Vanzant & More to the Empowerment Experience Stage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival ESSENCE Festival New Orleans announces its star-studded daytime lineup for the signature event’s ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage, taking place Fourth of July Weekend, July 1–3, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Free and open to the public, the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage will feature conversations and keynote addresses with influencers such as Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland, Cookie Johnson, Iyanla Vanzant, Terry McMillan, Phaedra Parks and Rev. Al Sharpton, plus performances from Tony© Award winner Patina Miller, Travis Greene, Tasha Paige Lockhart, Kierra Sheard and Yolanda Adams, who will lead an All-Star Gospel Tribute to the Clark Sisters sponsored by Walmart. Additional speakers and talent to be announced soon. “The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage remains the heartbeat of Festival weekend with its diverse and impactful programming aimed at enlightening and inspiring our community,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca. “The current social climate has brought to light highly important issues, and we plan to continue these conversations at this year’s ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. Not only will our programming emphasize topics such as love and relationships, personal finance and entrepreneurship, but we will also take a deeper look into our community’s most pressing political concerns to prepare ourselves for the upcoming presidential election.” In addition to conversations on the 2016 election, the Empowerment Experience Stage provides a national strategy session for the day-to-day lives of ESSENCE’s community of 14 million women. Talent will address a wide range of topics, including: Creating Your Dream Business, Leading with Purpose, Protecting Our Daughters & Sons, and Building Your Own Brand. Last year’s successful “Hour of Power” will return to the ESSENCE Empowerment Stage on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, when emerging and established talent will perform roof-raising inspirational music. The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage offers curated content from ESSENCE's editorial team, extending conversations that have moved from the page and screen to the stage. The daytime experience culminates on Sunday with an all-star, soul-stirring gospel tribute to the chart-topping group the Clark Sisters. For a full lineup of this year’s daytime speakers and artists, visit www.essencefestival.com. For more information, visit ESSENCE Festival www.essencefestival.com. Join the festival community on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of 2016 ESSENCE Festival on Facebook. Media applications for the 2016 ESSENCE Festival New Orleans are now live. Please visit here for more information and to submit your application to cover both Daytime and Nighttime events. The 2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL is executive produced by ESSENCE Festivals LLC, a division of ESSENCE Communications Inc., and is produced by Solomon Group. GeChar is the executive producer of the 2016 ESSENCE Empowerment Experience. Sponsors of the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, major sponsors Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm, Walmart and official Beauty & Style Sponsor ESSENCE Beauty Box. About Essence Communications Inc. Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions, such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 45 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com. About Time Inc. Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is one of the world's leading media companies, with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.
Radio Facts: With college-application deadlines approaching and students scheduling campus visits for the spring, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst College Cities & Towns in America. To identify the college cities and towns offering the best combination of academic, social and economic growth potential for college students, WalletHub ranked 326 U.S. cities based on 23 key metrics, ranging from the quality of higher education to crime rates to cost of living. Key Stats
- The cost of renting a two-bedroom apartment is three times more expensive in Irvine, Calif., than in Las Cruces, N.M.
- The adjusted cost of living for young people in Santa Monica, Calif., is two times higher than in Edinburg, Texas.
- The cost of higher education in Providence, R.I., is 10 times higher than in Provo, Utah.
- Bloomington, Ind., has 9 times as many students per capita as Pasadena, Texas.
- Boulder, Colo., has 32 times as many cafés per capita as Pasadena, Texas.
- The number of violent crimes per capita is 46 times higher in Detroit than in Orem, Utah.
- The percentage of part-time jobs in Bloomington, Ind., is three times higher than in Paterson, N.J.
‘Wallet Wellness’ Rank
‘Youth-Oriented Environment’ Rank
|1||Ann Arbor, MI||67.32||131||2||8|
|2||College Station, TX||66.03||18||5||11|
|3||Iowa City, IA||63.62||42||7||19|
|18||Salt Lake City, UT||57.02||84||51||39|
|26||St. Louis, MO||56.08||168||58||24|
|31||Fort Collins, CO||55.62||152||37||44|
|37||Baton Rouge, LA||54.47||48||63||64|
|39||New Orleans, LA||54.19||182||55||38|
|42||New Haven, CT||53.85||292||85||7|
|71||Los Angeles, CA||49.73||260||150||16|
|75||St. Paul, MN||49.39||209||96||52|
|76||San Diego, CA||49.33||247||42||61|
|79||Las Cruces, NM||49.15||3||136||98|
|80||Santa Barbara, CA||49.01||301||29||41|
|83||Boca Raton, FL||48.72||246||14||84|
|T-84||Fort Worth, TX||48.30||207||323||27|
|89||San Francisco, CA||48.02||323||17||29|
|90||Las Vegas, NV||47.92||122||19||237|
|92||Grand Rapids, MI||47.66||102||92||94|
|96||West Palm Beach, FL||47.27||184||64||104|
|98||San Antonio, TX||46.99||56||218||105|
|101||Kansas City, MO||46.43||91||208||103|
|115||League City, TX||45.36||74||260||85|
|116||Overland Park, KS||45.31||82||165||115|
|120||Oklahoma City, OK||45.02||44||278||130|
|T-121||Eau Claire, WI||44.98||105||69||153|
|T-121||St. Cloud, MN||44.98||83||104||109|
|123||Boise City, ID||44.92||117||112||128|
|124||El Paso, TX||44.84||45||217||190|
|125||Fort Lauderdale, FL||44.82||237||53||117|
|128||Corpus Christi, TX||44.19||93||257||129|
|T-130||Missouri City, TX||43.99||78||129||180|
|133||Sterling Heights, MI||43.85||38||263||144|
|144||Rock Hill, SC||43.20||12||161||232|
|146||Wichita Falls, TX||43.10||56||194||207|
|149||St. Charles, MO||43.01||165||94||177|
|153||New York, NY||42.74||316||107||46|
|154||Johnson City, TN||42.73||76||156||267|
|158||St. Petersburg, FL||42.51||119||304||118|
|159||Cedar Rapids, IA||42.45||169||209||123|
|164||Sioux Falls, SD||42.01||160||223||146|
|166||Des Moines, IA||41.94||90||197||212|
|174||Fort Wayne, IN||41.54||79||230||220|
|T-176||San Marcos, CA||41.28||248||97||120|
|186||North Charleston, SC||40.60||128||270||179|
|192||Newport News, VA||40.34||149||212||266|
|193||Colorado Springs, CO||40.33||164||169||235|
|195||Virginia Beach, VA||40.20||205||160||225|
|197||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||40.16||218||190||156|
|198||Costa Mesa, CA||40.12||306||21||196|
|203||West Jordan, UT||39.82||63||325||163|
|204||Grand Prairie, TX||39.76||121||297||183|
|206||Coral Springs, FL||39.65||226||229||143|
|212||Santa Monica, CA||39.21||313||22||198|
|214||Brooklyn Park, MN||39.11||150||303||193|
|216||Little Rock, AR||39.04||53||312||297|
|224||Santa Rosa, CA||38.59||287||103||138|
|228||Long Beach, CA||38.43||253||90||257|
|229||Elk Grove, CA||38.41||220||277||150|
|230||Santa Clara, CA||38.40||325||76||89|
|234||High Point, NC||38.20||186||262||262|
|238||El Cajon, CA||38.03||232||98||261|
|240||San Bernardino, CA||37.91||136||289||268|
|242||Chino Hills, CA||37.84||263||178||168|
|249||North Las Vegas, NV||37.57||148||311||265|
|251||Pembroke Pines, FL||37.46||239||224||205|
|252||Buena Park, CA||37.25||291||125||161|
|257||Rio Rancho, NM||37.12||65||269||303|
|261||Chula Vista, CA||36.93||257||189||218|
|265||Huntington Beach, CA||36.68||315||72||188|
|268||Santa Ana, CA||36.44||254||199||256|
|271||San Jose, CA||36.41||318||138||102|
|276||Moreno Valley, CA||36.12||208||283||272|
|277||Santa Clarita, CA||36.11||265||254||192|
|282||Jersey City, NJ||35.78||280||175||224|
|289||Port St. Lucie, FL||35.16||145||296||281|
|296||Garden Grove, CA||34.66||293||153||240|
|297||Miami Gardens, FL||34.51||212||300||301|
|301||Simi Valley, CA||33.82||289||239||221|
|306||Daly City, CA||33.19||321||147||195|
|307||West Covina, CA||33.16||279||192||289|
|311||Thousand Oaks, CA||32.69||320||144||230|
|318||Baldwin Park, CA||31.92||252||201||312|
|319||El Monte, CA||31.21||264||215||317|
Radio Facts: With college-application deadlines approaching and students scheduling campus visits for the spring, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of...
Healthcare Subsidies Part of Free Tax Assistance for Low-Income Americans MORE THAN HALF OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN THE U.S. NOW ELIGIBLE FOR FREE TAX PREPARATION AND FILING ASSISTANCE Nonprofit Partnership Kicks Off the 2015 Tax Season with Nation’s First Free Online Tax Assistance Initiative Available in All 50 States and the District of Columbia ROCKVILLE, MD — More than half of individuals and families in the United States earned $60,000 or less last year, making them eligible to receive free tax preparation and filing assistance this tax season. Unfortunately, many of these families are unaware of their options and may pay, on average, more than $200 to file their federal and state tax returns. MyFreeTaxes.com is the first free online platform that can be used to file federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Offering free English and Spanish tax support, MyFreeTaxes provides qualifying filers access to tax coaches for in-person, self-preparation assistance. The online tool allows taxpayers to self-file for free using a simple step-by-step process that includes free telephone, email and online chat support from IRS-certified volunteer specialists. More than 47 million people self-prepared their tax returns last year, a six percent increase from 2013 filing data, according to the IRS. There are many free options for filers; however, since 2009, MyFreeTaxes is the first nationwide initiative that has enabled millions of individuals and families to claim billions of dollars in tax credits and refunds. “Making sure that free tax preparation assistance is available to everyone who qualifies provides a valuable service to the taxpayers who need it. These free tax education and assistance programs can also help to ensure that people get the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. We certainly appreciate our partners who offer these services to taxpayers,” said Dietra Grant, director of Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication, Wage & Investment Division, Internal Revenue Service. Funded by the Walmart Foundation and operated in partnership with Goodwill Industries International, the National Disability Institute and United Way, MyFreeTaxes works with filers to maximize their refunds and help eligible families and individuals claim valuable tax credits to keep more of their hard-earned money and invest in their futures. “Providing greater economic opportunity for American families is a priority for the Walmart Foundation,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. “We’re excited to partner with leading nonprofits to offer MyFreeTaxes, a free tax-filing service for those who are eligible. We expect MyFreeTaxes will help return billions of dollars in total tax refunds, credits and tax preparation savings this year to many American families.” MyFreeTaxes.com is an interactive resource for information regarding tax preparation, valuable credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), and personal finance, as well as access to free, in-person tax preparation sites. This partnership is made possible through the collaboration of nearly 1,000 partners including colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and state and local government agencies. In 2015, the partnership launched an improved filing experience and customized data reporting for its community partners. Personal finance columnist, best-selling author and financial speaker Patrice C. Washington is the national brand ambassador and spokesperson for MyFreeTaxes.com. Washington has written three books and is a regular contributor on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Washington supports MyFreeTaxes as an easy-to-use tool for tax filers to save money and ensure their maximum refunds. The availability of in-person tax coaches and a toll-free helpline provides filers with added confidence that they will not be alone during their filing experience. About MyFreeTaxes MyFreeTaxes provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance, both online and in person, to individuals and families with household incomes of $60,000 or less in 2014. MyFreeTaxes.com is the first free online platform that can be used to file federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for those who qualify. The national initiative is funded by a $4.1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation and championed by three leading nonprofits: Goodwill Industries International, the National Disability Institute and United Way. To learn more visit MyFreeTaxes.com or follow us on Twitter @MyFreeTaxes and find us on Facebook at MyFreeTaxes.
Radio veterans Johnny Morris and his daughter Felicia "The Poetess" Morris have launched AM/FM Multi-Media Services. Johnny Morris, who recently celebrated 45 years...