Dollars and Sense
Jun15

Dollars and Sense

One of the most unexpected things in life occurs when you get a call telling you a loved one is gravely ill. I know because last month I got such a call. The call simply said, ‘Get home quickly, your mother is not going to make it. My whole world stood still. It had been less than six weeks since I had been with my mother, and although she had been sick, she was recovering nicely.

My mother passed on May 7, one day before Mother’s Day and I want to share with all of you how difficult this time is and how it is so very hard to focus on the business at hand and grieve also. One thing that is just as sure is that this is no time to do financial planning. It is too late. The cost to memorialize my mother cost the family more than $10,000. In fact, the average funeral in the U.S. surpassed $7,000 in 2012 and now inches closer to $10,000, though the National Funeral Directors Association reports that funerals can cost up to $27,000, with the least expensive burials costing right around $2,000 to $3,000.

 

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.”

 

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