Dollars and Sense
May04

Dollars and Sense

The LifeLine Phone Program offers free cell phone, free minutes, free texts and a free android smartphone.

Each month I write this column my goal is to give our community knowledge on basic financial matters. Most of the time it will be centered on insurance related matters.  This month the spotlight is on the National Lifeline Program or what is known as “Obama Phones”.

Lifeline served over 12 million Americans last year and here in California alone, it has over 1.5 million subscribers. So what is this program and how does it work? That’s what I hope to demystify so that our eligible community members can take advantage of this federally funded program.

Trump Looks to Build Support Among Black Voters
Apr13

Trump Looks to Build Support Among Black Voters

If he can survive his latest blunder over penalizing women for having abortions, Donald J. Trump (DJT)

could very well be the GOP nominee in the fall—particularly if his message with illegal immigration galvanizes the African-American voter base.

Though it might be a stretch for most to think that a significant number of black voters could share the same senti- ments as Trump, the numbers just might tell a different story.

“Americans care about two main issues right now, jobs and the economy, and on both fronts DJT has shown that he would be quite effective,” said Omarosa Manigault, who met Trump during the inaugural season of “The Apprentice” and has thrown her support behind the Teflon billionaire.

 
Dollars and Sense with Bob Blake
Apr06

Dollars and Sense with Bob Blake

You’ve seen them on the streets as they carried signs of loved ones who have passed on placards and go from car to car soliciting donations to bury loved ones— young and old—who have passed suddenly with no means to cover burial costs. Often, you wonder about their stories. They are stories I hear everyday. The irony is that you would be surprised at how little one can pay on a monthly basis to avoid being in the situation with the purchase of a life insurance policy. That’s why, this month I wanted to have a conversation about life insurance. It is, hands down, the most underused investment for people of color, in many cases, determining if you can continue your lifestyle or deal with the setbacks that come with loss of income and or disability.

 

Carson Sees No Clear Path Ahead; To Make Big Announcement
Mar11

Carson Sees No Clear Path Ahead; To Make Big Announcement

I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit. Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit

on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America. I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results. However, this grassroots movement on behalf of “We the People” will continue. Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.

Mar11

Money Matters: Rising Data Breaches Put California Consumers At Risk

Late last month, California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a data breach report, which found that over 49 million records of Californians’ personal information were put at risk in last four years.

The report, detailing the nature of data breaches reported to her office over the past four years, cited 657 data breaches between 2012 and 2015. Last year alone, 178 breaches placed 24 million records of Californians at risk, reflecting that as many as three in five Californians may have been victims of a data breach in 2015 alone.

“Government and the private sector have a shared responsibility to safeguard consumers from threats to their privacy, finances, and personal security,” said Attorney General Harris.  “California is leading the nation with measures to prevent data breaches, but we can do better.”

 

On The Money: The Hottest Ticket in Town
Feb10

On The Money: The Hottest Ticket in Town

Talk about the hottest ticket in town. This year’s Super Bowl is on pace to not only be the most expensive Super Bowl, but the most expensive event ever, so don’t feel bad if you’re not going. It would have set you back a pretty penny.
There’s the cost of airline tickets and the hotel rooms, who have doubled and tripled their rates based on demand. But that’s just for starters. The big bucks go for the tickets.
Oh, the NFL won’t miss you. Super Bowl 50 was sold out long before anyone ever knew that it would be the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers meeting on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
At face values, the tickets range from $850 to $1,800 for general admission, up to $3,000 for club seats), but hardly anyone pays that.

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