White Woman Arrested After Throwing Glass Bottle at Black Jogger and Screaming The N-Word

A White woman in Queens, NY, has been charged with a hate crime after throwing a glass bottle and using a racial slur at a Black woman who was jogging in the street, according to CNN.

Lorena Delaguna, 53, appeared in court last week and was charged with attempted assault in the second degree as a hate crime and aggravated harassment in the second degree. If convicted, she could be sentenced to seven years in prison.

The incident was caught on video.

According to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, the incident took place on August 17 when Delaguna threw a glass bottle at Tiffany Johnson, who was out for a jog. The bottle shattered near Johnson, splashing liquid on her. Delaguna is also accused of yelling and cursing at Johnson, telling

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Creating a business budget plan for emergencies

If you run a small business or side hustle, what would you do if an unexpected emergency impacted your business? These are times when it’s essential to have an emergency business budget plan already created and ready to go.

While COVID-19 is a stark reminder of the types of emergencies that can impact a business, natural disasters, employee or customer injuries, and other problems that can show up with little or no notice.

If you run a small business, follow these tips to understand how a business budget plan for emergencies works and how you can set one up for your business.

How to create a business budget plan for emergencies

While many people neglect the business budget plan, nearly every business should have an operating budget. This budget guides your business spending and helps you meet financial and profitability targets. Without a budget, it’s hard to know if you’re … Read the rest

Learn Strategies For Financial Success and Building Wealth at the Women of Power Tech Conference

These pandemic-induced times have produced a great deal of anxiety when it comes to money matters. So just how can Black female professionals and entrepreneurs set a course to realize their financial goals?

If you seek valuable insights and advice to guide you through this process, your must-attend the virtual session “Wealth-building Strategies for Black Women” hosted by JPMorgan Chase, which is part of the inaugural BLACK ENTERPRISE Women of Power Tech Virtual Conference.

The panel will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. ET and feature leading financial experts Racquel Oden, head of national sales and support, JP Morgan Chase Consumer Bank; Mayra Cardozo, head of content strategy and innovation for U.S. wealth management, JP Morgan Chase; and Tosh Ernest, head of wealth, Advancing Black Pathways (ABP), JP Morgan Chase.

For Black women, the session could not be more significant given their current wealth status.

Tosh Ernest,
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Adapting your fitness business for social distancing

Personal trainers, gym owners and other health and fitness experts have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fitness business and social distancing guidelines are difficult to merge simply due to the high-touch nature of fitness centers. This makes them a higher-than-average health risk while the coronavirus is circulating. Accordingly, most gyms were quick to close, and very few have made plans to reopen at full capacity.

If you want to preserve your business — or continue building it — you’ll be glad to know there are many options available to you, as long as you’re willing to adapt. So how can you adapt your personal training or fitness business to accommodate social distancing and closed gyms?

Move your business online.

 

Let’s explore a few options.

Personal training online

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Without a College Education, Mel Carter Used Life Lessons and People Skills to Become a Successful Music Exec

Growing up in another country, poor, and without a college education may lead some to stay in poverty or look to illegal means to make ends meet. But having aspirations to be a businessman like Roc-A-Fella’s Damon Dash and Jay-Z, industry executive Mel Carter knew what direction he wanted to take in life and pursued it.

Carter, who is now the senior vice president of A&R at Republic Records, is also an investor in Chef John Seymour and hip-hop artist and entrepreneur, Nasir “Nas” Jones’ restaurant Sweet Chick and owner of the Hikari-Ultra record label that is in a  joint venture with Republic. With the skills and knowledge he has acquired over the years, he managed to generate $3 million in artist merchandise and apparel sales in the last year alone.

BLACK ENTERPRISE spoke to Carter about how his ambition led to his entrepreneurial success.

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4 COVID-19 mobile app trends every small business owner needs to know

It’s no secret — we live in a mobile app world. Since 2016, mobile use has trended upwards. Mobile has surpassed desktop usage and proved itself as an almost limitless means of connecting with others, conducting research and making purchases anytime, anywhere. As such, mobile app trends are on the minds of many entrepreneurs.

But, how has COVID-19 impacted consumer mobile engagement?

 

Well, in short, smartphone usage has increased across the globe since the start of the pandemic.

The pandemic has highlighted the value of mobile devices in the digital age, creating an interesting mix of emerging mobile app trends.

If you’re a small business owner looking to offer more value to your existing customers while attracting new audiences in the age of COVID-19, here are the mobile app trends you need to know about.

Related: Take your small business online — A step-by-step guide

Immersive mobile experiences

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Meet Yvette Kendall A Rarity in the Science Fiction Content Creation Game

As a Black woman science fiction writer/content creator, Yvette Kendall is the definition of a rarity. Kendall is the author of The GOD Maps series and also the creator of the new sci-fi sub-genre Biblical futurism.

Owner of her own publishing company, Stravard Lux Publishing House, Kendall will be publishing her brand of zombie anthologies named The American Zombie Chronicles and a children’s book called A Zombie For Mommy!

BLACK ENTERPRISE got the opportunity to talk to Kendall about what motivated her to become involved with the sci-fi genre and her future plans.

How rare is it for a Black woman to be engulfed in the science fiction genre as a writer and creator? What motivated you to be involved in it and what keeps your creativity going?

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From The Hill: America’s hidden resilience factor

GoDaddy and The Hill hosted an event on Tuesday, September 15 about microbusinesses and their impact on the U.S. economy.

GoDaddy’s CEO, Aman Bhutani, opened the event by sharing data that illustrates the impact microbusinesses make on local economies throughout America. These are businesses and ventures run with fewer than ten people. Often, they’re run by just one person, part-time. They’re side-hustles. Despite their size, these ventures make a startling impact on their communities.

The power of ventures on local economies

Measuring like-for-like locations impacted by the Great Recession, GoDaddy found that cities with more microbusinesses per 100 people recovered faster than cities with fewer everyday entrepreneurs.

Median income was higher in these places, unemployment was lower.

 

Bhutani and GoDaddy are so passionate about this information and the power of ventures within a community, they’re making this data available to everyone. They’ve committed to knocking on … Read the rest

Finding Out What’s Next for Naturi Naughton and Tasha St. Patrick

Naturi Naughton is the definition of success. She has worked for everything she has been able to accomplish. She has built the drive, tenacity, and the wherewithal to be able to conquer in such challenging times. She has definitely stood the test of time in an industry that is forever changing. The businesswoman and the philanthropist that she has grown into is because she took the lemons that she was given and made lemonade. Black Enterprise had the opportunity to meet and speak with this powerhouse of a woman.

 

What do you have going on currently?

Well, preparing for the spin-off of Power, staying focused on my faith, being a good mother to my 3-year-old daughter, enhancing my relationships, and continuously working in my goals. I went back to my first love, which is my music; just finding my voice again. For the rest of the year, I … Read the rest

GoDaddy & Felons.io – The life of an unregistered domain

GoDaddy was accused of using customer domain search inquiries to register names for itself on September 17. These accusations are 100% false. This type of behavior is predatory, unethical, and goes against everything we stand for as a company.

To put any rumors or speculation to rest below is a fully transparent, play-by-play of what transpired with felons.io, including how often it was searched for and why it will be available for registration again in a few days.

GoDaddy search history for felons.io

Here are the recent results where felons.io appeared to customers in the search results page leading up to purchase on September 16, 2020:

*Search Query: This is the domain name or keyword customers searched for.
**Search Date: This is the date customers did their search.
***Suggestion type: Searches can appear in three different places. “Exact” means the customer searched for felons.io. “Suggested” means we recommended
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