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Boomers Takin' the Entrepreneurial Horns

I just knew it couldn't me. Not only did I get married for the first time after turning 50, I started a brand new venture two years later. I've felt for a while now that the only way to make real change is to do it for yourself. Turns out loads of boomers agree with my mindset. Hanah Cho, reporting for The Baltimore Sun reports that we may be at the beginning of a startup business boom time fueled by you know who.

For years after the dot-com boom, the 20-something upstart has been held up as a model of entrepreneurial spirit - take Google and Facebook, for instance. But contrary to such popular belief, it is the baby boomer generation - those 55- to 64-year-olds - that has the highest rate of entrepreneurship activity, according to a recent study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City, Mo., nonprofit group that encourages entrepreneurship.

In fact, the study predicts the United States may be on the verge of an entrepreneurial boom because of a growing aging population. For the past decade, the 55-64 age group has been the most entrepreneurial. The youngest age bracket - 20 to 34 years old - has been the least active in creating new ventures, according to the study.

"I really can't wait for things to get better," says Felton Barner, who started ReIMAGE gallery in Savage Mill in retirement. "I need to do it on my timetable. I'll take the risk. At least I know I tried it."(Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron / July 22, 2009)

Post-World War II generation takes the lead in starting new businesses, study says.

Breaking An UnEasy Silence - Malcolm Shabazz

"How do you [fill out an application at] Denny’s and put down Princeton and the Sorbonne as your education?"

These are the words of the young man that most of us remember as the grandson who started the fire that killed his grandmother, Betty Shabazz. He is referring to his mother, Qubilah in an interview by Aliya S. King for NewsOne and GIANT magazine.

Personally, I still find it difficult to even think about this young black man and the events that led up to the most horrendous of deaths - dying because you are trying to save the life of one you love.

View the video below or visit NewsOne on BlackPlanet for the complete interview.
Malcolm X’s Grandson Breaks Silence!
By News One May 18, 2009 10:00 pm

Tammy Bruce calls Michelle Obama "Trash"!

This is totally unbelievable - yesterday while subbing on the Laura Ingraham Show, Tammy Bruce trivialized Michelle's talk with female students in the DC area. She says she doesn't understand the term "you talk like a white person".

Tammy Bruce showed herself to be the ignoramus I always thought she was, but I usually just ignored her chronic lameness. This is so outrageous - and then as if to cover this insult to be 'politically correct', she says something about 'trash' being color blind.

Listen to the clip on the Huffington Post:

"Trash" Is the New N Word - Mother Jones

Yes, Tammy Bruce is a nobody and we will see a lot more of these types as they try to get a little conservative spotlight. From her website:
"Tammy Bruce is an openly gay, pro-choice, gun owning, pro-death penalty, voted-for-President Bush authentic feminist. "

Not really. She's just pathetic.

Google Crashes & Makes All Searches Inoperable

I don't believe it - but while I was updating my websites this morning (January 31st, 9:25 am est) the unthinkable happened - all Google searches came back with the same message "This site may harm your computer"!

My husband and I quickly began to search all of our sites to see if it was a virus attack or just an attack on our company and found out that it was the entire web. Check out this link for more info:

Michael Steele Wins RNC After only Six Separate Votes!!!

I was glued to Wonkettes' site as she was giving a blog-by-blog on the Republican National Committee Chairman vote. Michael Steele, Former Lt. Gov. of Maryland was elected the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee. He received 91 votes on the sixth ballot. Eighty Five votes were needed to win. The other guy got 77, but only after six separate votes.

Mike Duncan read the writing and stepped down when he had 52 votes and Steele had 60. After a fourth vote, Ken Blackwell gave his big 16 votes to Steele. Another vote . . . Steele still didn't have enough (72) to win. Then Saul Anuzis finally concedes his big 20 votes (without supporting anyone) and Steele finally gets enough to win. Can you say "Resistance to vote for . . ."? Katon Dawson ran awfully close, however as cited on CNN "a number of party members said they didn't savor the thought of having a white Southerner as the face of the party in the age of Obama. In September, he resigned from a country club with a whites-only restriction in its deed."

Steele came out strong in his acceptance speech using words like 'empower' and 'change', with tough images:
"Those of you who wish to obstruct- get ready to be knocked over" and "We'll going to do what we do best - win."

So what's next? Steele is proud to say he was Obama's stand-in when assisting McCain in debate prep. Will we hear any lyrics about Steele the magic negro? Or will Rush Limbaugh hope he will also fail? We will see how this plays out as the RNC goes negro for negro with the DNC. First one to shine shoes loses.

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I just received the menu for the next event on October 18th, 2013 to be held at the University of the District of Columbia and it is off the chain! Forget the Mediterranean fare we had back in 2009, new caterer Chrissy & Company is bringing the soul back…


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A New Crop of Black Authors Offer Insight, Inspiration and Controversy at Book Showcase

Washington, DC — On October 19th, 22nd Century Press will present its second Black Author Showcase™ featuring a selection of new self-published book authors living in the Washington, DC, metro area. The event will take place at the Howard University Continuing Education in Silver Spring, Maryland from 4:30 to 8:30 PM. These new Black writers are challenging readers with topics that big name, establishment publishers would believe difficult to promote or financially justify to their boards of directors.

Dr. Rey O. Harris author of Motivational Morsels comments, "African American writers are leaping over the roadblocks and restrictions that traditional publishers put on Black books. The industry has purposely stymied the productivity of Black writers, citing that minorities don't read therefore don't buy books. But times are changing."

A sampling of the authors previously presenting their works include: Dr. Rey Harris, Motivational Morsels; Cary T. Faison, Jr., White Slaves and Indians in the Family; William Powell, Valkyrie; Theresa Grant, Hope and Desire; Stafford L. Battle, co-author of AFROCyberSpace: 1000+ African American Websites That Will Change Your World; and Leutrell "Mike" Osborne, Black Man in the CIA.

Stafford Battle, a digital designer at Howard University and co-author of AFROCyberspace, added, "It's great to see so many new faces publishing books by traditional and nontraditional means. We don't need New York mega publishers. On demand production services and the Internet allows small books to create big names in American literature based on talent and writing skill; and not solely on profit margins for foreign investors."

Black Author Showcase™ has been designed by 22nd Century Press to assist authors in creating, preparing, writing, and marketing their works. Its’ aim is to connect authors with other literary professionals, readers and to utilize the latest advances in digital publishing and disseminate this information in the spirit of cooperative economics, shared knowledge and collective works and to reach the African American market with writing and publishing education, news and information.

22nd Century Press is an independent publisher for self-published authors that is solely owned by KMG Consulting, a 16 year company in Prince George’s County, MD. We assist in choosing the right services, technology, marketing methods, and all of the basics needed by self-published authors.

For additional information contact:
Diane Williams
22nd Century Press

I am the founder of a publishing house linking readers, authors, industry pros and evaluators to Publishing Technology and Resources without breaking the bank.

22nd Century Press is an indie publisher with specialties in literary non-fiction and speculative fiction from writers in the African diaspora. It publishes books in the traditional model (6 books per year). Coaching, education, ghostwriting, editorial, design, marketing, distributing and printing assistance to authors is provided with the ‘My Century Book Publishing Consulting’ division.

My Century Book Publishing Consulting is a full-service book sheparding/production company with consultation on branding, publishing, distribution and fulfillment options for writers that want their own publishing company and/or wish to collaborate in the production of books of exceptional quality.

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At 11:44am on October 20, 2015, FAITH DAHABO said…

am dahabo i want you to
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At 3:27pm on November 4, 2013, Georgia Wells said…

Hi Diane,

I am glad Black Authors is growing.  Have let life disconnect me but I am

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At 9:16pm on July 5, 2012, Diane said…
Sometimes a second line just breaks out. Damn I love New Orleans! @ the Bayou Soul Writers and Readers Conference.
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At 2:27am on December 5, 2010, Moesha Barber said…
Hi and thank you.I will and i will do that too.i can do both i just have to balance it all.that's very cool i was thinking of going to a art college instead of a medical college.i will always stay true to myself and i will surely do that :)
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At 11:53am on September 16, 2010, PLEASETTA GRACE said…
Wonderful to receive an acknowlegement of your ability to still breathe...
At 8:22am on August 15, 2010, Wendy Raven McNair said…
Thank you, Diane. I'm glad we met and hope you have a safe trip home.
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it's so good to know the site will stay open.
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