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AABoomer Michelle Janine Howard Sworn in as Navy's First Female Four -Star Admiral




The Navy has its first female four-star admiral.


She is Michelle Janine Howard, promoted on Tuesday to the service's highest rank.


The ceremony was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery, near the Pentagon.


Howard is best known for leading Task Force 151, which saved merchant marine Captain Richard Phillips when he was captured by Somali pirates in April 2009.


She will serve as the vice chief of naval operations, which makes her the No. 2 admiral in the Navy behind Gen. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations.


Howard has served 32 years in the Navy. She is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982.

Among her many distinctions, Howard in 1999 became the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship.

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Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women More Than Anyone

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Their successes make the case not for abandoning affirmative action but for continuing it

By Sally Kohn

In the coming days, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in a potentially landmark case on the constitutionality of affirmative action. The original lawsuit was filed on behalf of Abigail Fisher, a woman who claims that she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she is white. But study after study shows that affirmative action helps white women as much or even more than it helps men and women of color. Ironically, Fisher is exactly the kind of person affirmative action helps the most in America today.

Originally, women weren’t even included in legislation attempting to level the playing field in education and employment. The first affirmative-action measure in America was an executive order signed by President Kennedy in 1961 requiring that federal contractors “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.” In 1967, President Johnson amended this, and a subsequent measure included sex, recognizing that women also faced many discriminatory barriers and hurdles to equal opportunity. Meanwhile, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only included sex in the list of prohibited forms of discrimination because conservative opponents of the legislation hoped that including it would sway moderate members of Congress to withdraw their support for the bill. Still, in a nation where white women and black people were once considered property — not allowed to own property themselves and not allowed to vote — it was clear to all those who were seeking fairness and opportunity that both groups faced monumental obstacles.

(MORE: Touré: Why We Still Need Affirmative Action)

While people of color, individually and as groups, have been helped by affirmative action in the subsequent years, data and studies suggest women — white women in particular — have benefited disproportionately. According to one study, in 1995, 6 million women, the majority of whom were white, had jobs they wouldn’t have otherwise held but for affirmative action.

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Top 5 Cool Jobs for Seniors and Retirees


For Boomers who want more than the sedentary, here are a few interesting options

by Janell Hazelwood



Statistics show that not only are senior professionals, or those over age 55, remaining in the workforce now more than ever, but they’re waiting longer to retire. They’re also still in high demand in some industries, with some employers touting advantageous qualities like commitment to quality, good attendance and loyalty.

Some seniors even choose work part-time during retirement or start businesses as second-career entrepreneurs, and live out their golden years almost as active as they were as young professionals.

If you’re an active senior looking for new career horizons, check out these five cool options:

1. Luxury Chauffeur
This job can be seasonal and professionals can typically dictate their own hours. Whether you want to only work during wedding or prom seasons or provide services for one client, such as a busy CEO dad or mom, this may be a good option to not only stay busy, but interact with diverse personalities and see more of a locale.

Salary: Varies (Up to $40,000+)

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Pay The Cost To Be the Boss: Top 10 Qualities You'll Need to be an Entrepreneur


By Rashida Maples, Esq.



Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. The only constants while striving as an entrepreneur are flexibility and instability, especially at the start-up phase. Many of those who choose this route have to wear so many hats all at once, it may prove to be too exhausting. You may have to serve as the founder, president, secretary, accountant, business developer, marketing manager, publicist and sometimes attorney (which I personally do NOT advise) at the same time, while seeking to make a name for yourself and your company, and while also trying to seek investor and raise money. Despite the many challenges associated with starting and running your own business, many people still decide to take this route because their passion for the products and services they are providing is just too strong to ignore.

Notwithstanding the many battles that entrepreneurs have to face, what qualities separate the strong from the weak, and the successful from the unsuccessful?

According to Gallup Business Journal, there are ten behaviors exhibited by highly talented entrepreneurs that set them apart from the others.

.     Business Focus: You make decisions based on observed or anticipated effect on profit.

  • Confidence: You accurately know yourself and understand others.
  • Creative Thinker: You exhibit creativity in taking an existing idea or product and turning it into something better.
  • Delegator: You recognize that you cannot do everything and are willing to contemplate a shift in style and control.
  • Determination: You persevere through difficult, even seemingly insurmountable, obstacles.
  • Independent: You are prepared to do whatever needs to be done to build a successful venture.
  • Knowledge-Seeker: You constantly search for information that is relevant to growing your business.
  • Promoter: You are the best spokesperson for the business.
  • Relationship-Builder: You have high social awareness and an ability to build relationships that are beneficial for the firm’s survival and growth.
  • Risk-Taker: You instinctively know how to manage high-risk situations.

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AABoomer Ronald D. McCray: Limited partner of the Boston Celtics


Staff Writer


AABoomer Ronald D. “Ron” McCray, is one of those African Americans who, as Financial Juneteenth has observed, “has achieved wealth, fame and fortune without dribbling a basketball, throwing a football, singing, dancing, rapping or acting their way to the top”. 

A graduate of Harvard Law School, McCray received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and is currently the President of the Dallas based Career Education Corporation. Like many other behind the scenes players in sports and entertainment, McCray found a way to make money from sports without “suiting up”.

McCray, is a Limited Partner of the Boston Celtics ownership group.  He served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of Nike Inc. from August 6, 2007 to May 2009 and was responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of various businesses and administrative functions. Prior to joining Nike, he served as a Chief Legal Officer of Manufacturer at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, with global responsibility for strategic leadership as well as legal, internal audit, compliance and other administrative functions.

So, the next time an aspiring baller tells you he wants to be in the NBA or NFL, tell him to go to law school!


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