Anton Smith and Marquita Carson were wedded in holy matrimony at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in front of family and friends recently. (photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Each year couples, or dual income households, make up the largest percentage of home buyers in the country. According to the National Association of Realtors that percentage grew even larger to 65% of total buyers in 2012, up 7% from the last two years. It is no secret that many first time homebuyers are newlyweds, looking forward to building a new life and new home together where they can picture raising a family and creating their independence.
“Buying a new home is a long term investment, and what better time to invest in your future than when starting a new life together as husband and wife” said Judy Hearst, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “The process of becoming a homeowner is a rewarding experience, but requires research and understanding that a professional real estate agent should be part of.”
- Your changing needs. It’s important to ask yourself critical questions from the get-go. Do you plan on having a family? Adopting a dog? Make sure that your home can suit the evolving needs of your marriage now and for years to come.
- Trained eye. An accredited Realtor can offer the same kind of insight you’d expect from your wedding planner by guiding you through the purchase of your first home. “Realtors are certified to know the ins and outs of the market,” said Broude. “They can manage the little details in the home buying process so you don’t have to.”
- Know your limits. Meet with your lender to create a plan. They’ll help you understand how much you can afford based on your combined incomes, budgets and credit histories. They’ll also be able to help you understand what special tax credits you may be eligible to receive.
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The man he said apologized to him for pulling the scam, 22-year-old Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, has not spoken publicly. He and his family have decline the AP’s numerous requests for interviews.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Te’o reached out to his coaches and university officials on Dec. 26, and the school commissioned an investigation that he said confirmed Te’o was not involved in the hoax. The school received the findings of the investigation on Jan. 4, three days before Notre Dame played Alabama in the BCS title game.
A Notre Dame spokesman said some school administrators thought they should release what they knew about what the hoax as soon as they became aware of it, but the university ultimately decided to let Te’o and his family be first to go public with the story.
Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune in a story published Sunday that university officials decided disclosing the information about the hoax before the BCS championship in Miami would not be in the best interest of the teams or the individuals involved.
The hoax about Te’os dead girlfriend became public Wednesday when it was reported by Deadspin.com. Swarbrick held a news conference later that day to discuss what Notre Dame knew, and gave full support to Te’o. Later, Swarbrick said the family had intended to speak publicly about the hoax Jan. 21.
Brown said the university was “utterly stunned” when Te’o informed them about details of the hoax on Dec. 26 and had a “difficult time getting our arms around it.”
Te’o met with Swarbrick for nearly two hours on Dec. 27 after returning to campus to give a full account of his relationship with the online woman he knew as Lennay Kekua, and then again the next day, Brown said.
How the university should proceed was the topic of discussions between top administrators for a week, Brown said.
The university hired outside investigators on Dec. 29.
“We asked them to focus on any threats to the university or its reputation, by providing more information about the so-called Kekua family that might help us understand motives, or whether they might have had any contact with others at Notre Dame,” said Brown, who declined to name the firm.
The investigators were in touch the next day, telling the university they could find no evidence of a Lennay Kekua or any of the relatives she had told Te’o about in several “sophisticated databases” the firm used. Brown said the investigators concluded “the entire family was fictitious, because of their inability to find them, and that the investigation should turn to trying to identify the woman who had been talking to Manti.”
Investigators determined the address the woman had given Te’o was real, with a house there that belonged to members of a family named Tuiasosopo, including Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
Brown said the investigators hired by Notre Dame didn’t try to reach Tuiasosopo or his relatives.
The university officials told the newspaper the investigators did not examine cellphone records, emails or other electronic communication to determine the length or extent of Te’o’s communication over the past few years with the person claiming to be Kekua, nor did the university ask Te’o to take a lie detector test.
The school informed Teo’s parents, Brian and Ottilia, about the investigation results on Jan. 5.
Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed intimate photos of her family and friends on her newly opened Instagram account. The photos range from early images from her childhood, to never-before-seen photos of young Willow and Jaden Smith, as well as shots of Jada posing with her friend Tupac Shakur.
Jada joins other celebrities on Instagram, including Drake, John Legend, Rihanna and Jada’s daughter, Willow Smith.
“It’s official… I’m an Instagram junkie,” Pinkett Smithtweeted.
A young rapper has been missing for almost a week, and his family is frantic. They have no idea where he is, and say his music may have made him a target.
Near his home near the intersection of 52nd and Custer, the image of 22-year-old Evon Young rests on trees. Young disappeared on January 1st.
Young’s family has been covering the neighborhood where he went missing with posters for six days.
On January 2nd, Young was supposed to see his mother, but Annette Perry says her son never made the visit.
“My fear is that my baby won’t come home,” Perry said.
Perry says her first feeling that something was wrong came when Young didn’t show up for work January 2nd. She tells us Evon wasn’t the kind of person that would just disappear.
The family held a vigil for Young at 52nd and Custer on Tuesday night.
Perry says she called Young last Tuesday night around 10:30, and her last words spoken to him were “I love you.”
Young’s roommate reportedly heard a car pull up outside their home, and saw Young leave around 10:45 p.m. Young apparently left his jacket behind, suggesting he wouldn’t be gone long.
Young hasn’t shown up for work and no one has been able to reach him since.
“I started calling back and it went straight to voicemail,” Perry said.
Young has made a name for himself in Milwaukee’s rap scene. Just when the rapper’s career seemed to be taking off, he goes missing.
Online, Young is easy to find. On YouTube, the rapper goes by the name “Yung LT.”
Young’s mother says he’s never run away before and has no known enemies, though his music could draw scorn or jealousy from others.
Now, Young’s family is hoping someone is interested in talking about where Young is.
“Please call the police station. The numbers are on the flyers. Hit us on Facebook. We’ve got all the types of ways to contact us. We’re not hiding where we are,” Perry said.
Young is described as 5’0″ tall, weighing 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black Perkins work shirt, black pants and possibly a gray hoodie. He has a sleeve of tattoos on each arm saying “Lord’s Advocate.”
A vigil is scheduled in Young’s honor Tuesday, January 8th in the area of 52nd and Custer.
Milwaukee police are engaged in the search for Young. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Young should contact MPD Sensitive Crimes at 414-935-7405.–This story was compiled using information from local television news outlets Channels 58 adn Fox 6 contributed
Thomas joins Sojourner after 30-year newspaper career
Sojourner Family Peace Center today announced Mark Thomas as associate director. Thomas, under the direction of Executive Director Carmen Pitre, shares the responsibility for the overall planning, management and execution of the mission of Sojourner Family Peace Center (SFPC). Specifically, he will have oversight of the Shelter, Family Advocacy services and systems-based programs. Thomas will serve as chief liaison with community organizations and key constituent groups, as well as manage community education activities.
Thomas is the former board president of The Task Force on Family Violence, and he brings with him extensive firsthand knowledge of finance, marketing, fundraising and strategic planning. “Mark is a welcomed addition to our team,” Pitre said. “We are confident that his vast experience, first in media business operations, then nonprofits and government, will be a driving factor in our overall growth and success in the coming years. More importantly, Mark demonstrates a true passion for serving others.”
Thomas joins SFPC with 30 years of newspaper experience. Prior to SFPC, Thomas served as Advertising Director for the Milwaukee Business Journal. He also spent several years with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. From a nonprofit perspective, Thomas has held senior-level positions at Family House Inc. and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Camp Whitcomb/Mason operations). In 2008, Thomas was appointed to the role of Deputy Secretary for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, a position that he held for two years.
“I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic, inspiring group of individuals,” Thomas said. “With the recent onslaught of gun violence and domestic assault cases (on a national and local level), organizations like Sojourner Family Peace Center are critical. I look forward to supporting SFPC’s mission and commitment to the Milwaukee community.”
Thomas is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Management Development Program) and also completed the Executive Development Program at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va., and the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs. He was named circulation director of the year by CSCMA in 1999 and recognized as one of Presstime Magazine’s “20 Under 40”.
For more information, contact Courtney Meyer at 414-276-1911 or by email at [email protected]. To seek help from an abusive situation, call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 414-933-2722.
“Blame It On The Hustle is an independent film produced by Blame It On The Hustle LLC. and is slated for a late 2013 box office release. The film is set to star hip-hop artist DMX, Ving Rhames, Laila Odom, Jackie Long and Mekhi Phifer, along with Michael Imperioli, documenting the rise and fall of the first urban crime family “The Hit Boyz” in present day New York City.
A rep for the film states: “In the midst of a recent erroneous press release that has gone viral using our attached cast, we would like to inform the public that Blame it On The Hustle is in no way, shape or form attached to Program Pictures or BMF.
DMX will not be portraying Demetrius ‘Big Meech’ Flenory nor are we producing a BMF biopic.”
-Executive Producer Phil ‘Gates’ Jordan
-Executive Producer Philip Lawton
Chef Bryant Terry has focused the last 10 years of his career on food justice activism. And the first step toward food justice, he says, is to empower people to cook at home and share meals with family and friends. Through his efforts, Terry works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.
His books are evidence. His most recent project, The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus, showcases recipes and cooking tips using whole, fresh, seasonal ingredients — complete with a focus on nutrition.
Three years ago, he transformed the tenets and flavors of traditional African-American cuisine into vegan recipes in Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine.
Originally from Memphis, Terry’s interest in cooking and farming can be traced back to his childhood. He furthered those experiences with training in healthy cooking at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York.
Terry shares with us one of his favorite vegan recipes.
Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant, Red Onion, and Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Celeriac Sauce (8 servings)
Terry says: “While a slice of rustic bread supports the vegetables on this open-faced sandwich, grilled eggplant is the real foundation. Grilled eggplant has a sweet, smoky flavor and would be delicious eaten alone. But I layer tangy sweet grilled onions and ripe, seasonal heirloom tomatoes into the mix to add beautiful colors and additional flavors that meld well with the buttery eggplant. Right before serving, the sandwich is brightened with Creamy Celeriac Sauce.”
Creamy Celeriac Sauce
1/2 pound silken tofu
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
A few pinches of cayenne
Coarse sea salt
Freshly ground white pepper
1/4 cup minced green onions (green and white parts)
1/2 cup loosely packed peeled and coarsely grated celery root (celeriac)
1. In an upright blender, combine the tofu, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, garlic, agave nectar, mustard, olive oil, paprika, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and blend until smooth.
2. If necessary, season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
3. Transfer the sauce to a bowl, stir in the green onions and celery
root, and garnish with the remaining parsley.
Terry says: “If you can’t grill, the eggplant and onions can also be cooked in an oven. Just place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet 3 to 4 inches from the heat and broil for 3 to 4 minutes, until browned and slightly crisp. Turn them with a fork and broil for another minute or so. After removing the vegetables, place the bread under the broiler for about 1 1/2 minutes per side, until lightly browned.”
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium-size eggplant (about 1 pound), sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
2 medium-size red onions, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
4 heirloom tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
1 loaf of rustic bread cut diagonally into eight 1/2-inch slices
Freshly ground white pepper
Fine sea salt
1. Preheat a grill or broiler. Soak eight 12-inch wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, cayenne, and black pepper and mix well with a fork.
3. Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss to coat.
4. If grilling, thread the onion slices onto two skewers each. Transfer the onions and the eggplant rounds to the grill and cook, turning once with tongs, until browned and slightly crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
5. After turning the vegetables, add the bread to the grill. Cook, turning once, until crisp and golden on the surface but still soft inside, about 4 minutes.
6. Assemble the sandwich by layering a slice of eggplant, a slice of tomato, and several slices of onion. Slather on some celeriac sauce, then sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.
Yandy Smith, entertainment manager to the stars, cast member of Love and Hip Hop (Image: Vh1)
by Yandy Smith
So it’s the holiday season, but many of us may not feel the holiday spirit. Inflation is at an all-time high, the job market is still at a low, and natural disasters have devastated our businesses, communities and home. Considering the climate of the country, I can understand why many of us might be feeling more like the Grinch and less like Santa. However, in spite of the gloom that may be hard to ignore, we should remember that above all, the holiday season is a time to appreciate your family and give thanks for all the positives in your life.
I know you’re used to getting business advice from me, but sometimes in order to do good business you need to take the time to appreciate the things that matter most. So my advice this month is to make your personal life your business for the holiday season. If that shocked you, well, what’s coming next is going to blow you away: Stow away those laptops, put the BlackBerrys and iPhones on silent and be thankful for the simple things like life, love and family.
So much time is spent all year trying to make a better way for ourselves and our families that we often end up neglecting the very things we cherish the most. The hustle to achieve the American dream leaves many of us working long hours, taking more business trips and spending most of the days attached to our mobile devices. I read somewhere recently that 88% of American adults own a cellphone and/or laptop, and those mobile devices played a central role in their daily lives. In some cases, the devices became more of a priority than family and home life.
Sixty-seven percent of cellphone owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls more frequently than monitoring their children at play, even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. Some 18% of cellphone owners say they do this “frequently.”
Seventy-one percent of owners use their phone, check messages or emails, or get entertained by social networks during dinner and parenting time (i.e. homework time), and 44% of cellphone owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night. Twenty-nine percent of cellphone owners describe it as “something they can’t imagine living without.”
Are you alarmed or shocked by these statistics? Probably not if your anything like me. These results, sad to say, are the norm for most of us. So my goal with this blog is not to ignite the hustlapreneur in you, but challenge you to take a day off from the grind. Instead of spending these few days off closing out a few deals and finishing up those overdue projects, turn off the business phone and indulge in an abundance of some much-needed, uninterrupted family and personal time. Hustla’s orders! You can thank me later.
Keep in mind how long the food on the buffet table has been sitting out unrefrigerated. © evgenyb – Fotolia.com
by Constance Brown-Rigg, theGrio
Good food is a big part of holiday celebrations, a time when your whole family gathers for a mini family reunion. After you feast on the traditional family favorites you carefully prepared, you’ll sit around the table talking, laughing, reminiscing – and absentmindedly nibbling at leftovers. Time will fly by and you will have forgotten how long the food has been lingering on the table.
This common scenario can put your family and friends at risk for foodborne illnesses. Food sitting at room temperature for over two hours creates the perfect environment for food poisoning.
Bacteria thrive in a warm environment and spread fastest at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F.
Joan Salge Blake, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: “as you eat and visit with family and friends, keep in mind how long the food on the buffet table has been sitting out unrefrigerated. You can’t tell if a food is unsafe by taste, smell or appearance alone.”
Food safety is key to keeping your friends and family safe from food poisoning.
“Some of your guests may be at a higher risk for developing serious illness from food poisoning, including young children, pregnant women and older adults,” cautions Salge Blake.
But, you don’t have to let food poisoning spoil the party. With careful planning you can keep your friends and family safe during and after the holiday celebration. Follow these simple steps for planning, shopping, cooking and wrapping up the holiday feast.
Proper planning. Make sure your kitchen is equipped with what you need for safe food handling, including two cutting boards (one for raw meats and seafood and the other for ready-to-eat foods), a food thermometer, shallow containers for storage, paper towels and soap.
Store foods in the refrigerator at 40°F or below or in the freezer at 0°F or below. Check the temperature of both the refrigerator and freezer with a refrigerator thermometer.
Safe shopping. It’s important to keep food safety in mind as you shop, according to Salge Blake. Whether in the shopping cart, reusable grocery tote or the car trunk, keep raw meat, poultry and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods like fruit, vegetables and bread.
Don’t purchase bruised or damaged produce, or canned goods that are dented, leaking, bulging or rusted, as these may become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
Buy cold foods last and bring foods directly home from the grocery store. Remember to always refrigerate perishable foods, such as raw meat or poultry, within two hours.
Working in the kitchen
“In a holiday kitchen filled with family and friends, all hands may be on deck, but are those hands clean?” Salge Blake asks.
“Make sure everyone washes their hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food.”
When baking delicious holiday treats, remember that no one should eat raw cookie dough, brownie or cake batter containing raw eggs.
Wrapping up leftovers
Having leftover turkey, ham and other holiday favorites means you can enjoy additional tasty meals days after your feast. But as good as they may taste – even when refrigerated properly, leftovers should be eaten, frozen or discarded within three to four days.
Throw away all perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, eggs and casseroles, left at room temperature longer than two hours. Refrigerate or freeze other leftovers in shallow, airtight containers and label with an expiration date.
Use cooked leftover turkey, stuffing and gravy within three to four days. Cooked turkey will keep for three to four months in the freezer.
Reheat cooked leftovers thoroughly to 165°F or until hot and steaming. Bring sauces, soups, and gravies to a boil before serving.
When microwaving leftovers, make sure there are no cold spots in food – where bacteria can survive. Cover food, stir and rotate for even cooking.
Get more great tips on food safety during the holidays and all year round with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Keep It Cool: Food Storage Chart or download the free Is My Food Safe? app for Apple and Android devices.
Bon appétit and healthy holidays!