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43-Year Old Black Entrepreneur Sadly Dies From Coronavirus

Marlowe Stoudamire, a well-known entrepreneur from Detroit, has reportedly died from complications related to coronavirus at the age of 43. His colleagues and people across the city are mourning the death of the transformational leader who was considered “a light to the city.”

The prominent consultant and entrepreneur was the first one to be publicly identified of the 24 persons in Michigan that died from the virus. He had no known underlying health condition or recent travel history, according to The Detroit News.

He died on March 24 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, said Henry Ford Health System COO Bob Riney, speaking on behalf of Stoudamire’s family. Stoudamire is survived by his wife, Valencia, and two young children.

He is best known for serving as the project director of the award-winning Detroit 67 exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum, a project that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Uprising in 1967.

Stoudamire has also left behind a significant legacy in helping develop several strategic initiatives in Detroit City. He has worked with big companies and organizations such as JP Morgan Chase, Pepsi, National Hockey League, Wayne State University, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Skillman Foundation.

Moreover, he served as project director of international business strategy at Henry Ford Health System. He also founded the integrated marketing and business strategies firm Roster Detroit and Butterfly Effect Detroit.

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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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