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Inaugural Girls Empowerment Summit

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The City of San Antonio will host an inaugural Girls Empowerment Summit at Palo Alto College on March 13-14. The free two-day summit will feature workshops from renowned leaders. Registrants will also receive breakfast, lunch and transportation options. 

“The Girls Empowerment Summit is the first of many to come,” stated Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha-Garcia. “I’m looking forward to promoting STEM careers and attending the summit alongside the girls to encourage them as they learn about important topics that affect their personal and professional development.” 

The first day of the summit will feature discussions with iEmpower, The Social Butterfly Gal, The Board Room Project, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Girls Inc., Qué Means What and H-E-B about professional development, social media, self-care, body positivity and healthy relationships. The event will include a career fair with women in non-traditional roles for attendees. 

“This summit will empower young girls to be the best version of themselves with the support of local leaders and women from the community,” said Deputy City Manager María Villagómez. “This summit will make valuable professional and personal training and resources available to empower young women and girls in San Antonio.”

The second day of the summit will be hosted in partnership with Camp #HeroLikeHer at San Antonio Fire Department’s facilities. During this day, attendees will gain firsthand insights on what it’s like to pursue a career in fire service. 

“The San Antonio Fire Department is proud to be part of the City’s inaugural Girls Empowerment Summit,” said Fire Chief Charles Hood. “Our HeroLikeHer is a program that’s rewriting the narrative on women in fire service by showcasing their training process and what women can achieve to empower young women in the community.”

To learn more about the Girls Empowerment Summit text GirlsSummit to 55000 or go to: https://www.sanantonio.gov/humanservices/educationservices/GirlsEmpowermentSummit. Registration is now open and space is limited.

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Black Enterprise Founder Dies

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Earl G. Graves, Sr., champion for black businesses and founder of Black Enterprise magazine, the first African American owned magazine focused on black entrepreneurs, passed at 85.

Graves died Monday, April 6, 2020 not due to COVID-19 related complications, but had suffered a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease according to a post by his son Earl Graves, Jr. in a post on Twitter.

For more information on the life and legacy of Mr. Earl Graves, Sr. visit https://www.blackenterprise.com/

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A More Than Kind Gesture

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Tyler Perry Gives $21,000 Tip to Fired Workers at His Favorite Restaurant

Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry is making headlines once again for his generosity. He reportedly ordered take-out and then left a $500 tip for all 42 workers at a Houston’s restaurant located in Atlanta. That comes to $21,000.

Perry reportedly has been ordering take-out at the restaurant for a long time, and has been especially regular there during the lockdown. The employees were not only shocked about the tip, but also shocked to learn that they had been serving food to Perry whose studios are located not too far from the restaurant.

The act was very kind and generous since hundreds of thousands of restaurants have closed around the country, forcing them to lay off their employees. Some, however, are managing to stay afloat by offering take-out and delivery services.

But Perry is no stranger to generosity. He once paid for a local non-profit organization’s parking lot to be repaved, and he even rebuilt an 88-year old woman’s home that was destroyed in a fire.

Most recently, he paid off the balances of everything that was on layaway at two Walmart stores in the Atlanta area during Christmas time in 2018.

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3 Reasons Why Up to 1 Million Black Families May Not Get a Stimulus Check

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The Trump Administration has approved a $2 trillion dollar stimulus bill that will send money to millions of families to help compensate them during the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals can received as much as $1,200 each, and families can receive more than $2,500. But Randy Hughes, founder of Counting Pennies LLC, a Black-owned nationwide accounting and tax firm, says that a lot of people including many African Americans may not be getting a check.

Here are his reasons why:

#1 – No Bank Account: The funds will primarily be direct deposited, but more than 10 million adults in the United States don’t have bank accounts. And yes, many of these are African Americans!

#2 – Did Not File Taxes: The amount of funds that a household can receive depends on the amount of money earned in either 2019 or 2018. That amount will be based on the tax return filed for that respective year. Sadly, more than 15 million people did not file taxes in either year. And again, many of these are African Americans.

#3 – Have Recently Moved: Because millions of people have not filed taxes in the past year or two, it’s very possible that their mailing address with the IRS has changed. This means that those that don’t have a bank account could receive a check, but it may be delivered to the wrong address.

Randy says that he is doing all he can to encourage all individuals and families to take action now so that there are no problems with getting your check when they are sent out.

He comments, “My firm has legitimate ways to help people save their tax dollars, and legally maximize their income. We offer year-round tax planning, and we are happy to assist anyone during this unique time in history in any way that we can.”

For more details about how Counting Pennies LLC can help you and/or to learn more about the 2020 stimulus check requirements, visit www.cpennies.com or call (800) 234-1449.

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