Top 10 Cities for Black Owned Businesses

Black-owned businesses are on a roll. In 2007, African-Americans ran 7.1 percent of businesses in the United States. Five years later, that number grew to 9.4 percent—even during a recession—according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau released this September. The portion of U.S. businesses with employees led by Blacks slightly increased as well—from 1.9 percent in 2007 to 2.0 percent in 2012. 
The good news is that Black-owned businesses are rising, though to be sure, challenges remain
This uptick in Black-owned businesses made us wonder: Which cities are doing relatively well by their Black-owned small businesses and where are thesel businesses finding success? 
Based on survey responses from 18,000 small business owners nationwide, we asked small business owners questions about the friendliness of local tax laws, licensing rules, and the regulatory environment. We use these responses to rank cities and states based on their friendliness to small business, from best (Texas) to worst (Rhode Island). 
This year in our survey we also looked at responses from the 1,663 business owners who self-identified as Black or African American. We ranked each city based on responses from these business owners to three questions: 1) How friendly is your city? 2) How easy was it to start a business? and 3) Would you encourage others to start a business in your city?
What we learned is that black business-owners nationwide were slightly younger, more likely to work alone, and cited inflation as a top concern for the federal government at twice the rate of other business owners in our survey. They were also concentrated in a small number of industries with 26 percent in events (primarily catering and DJs) and 15 percent in cleaningBlack businesses were also notably overrepresented in moving and professional services like tax preparation and computer repair.
Overall, the top cities for black-owned small businesses are:

Nine of the top ten cities are in the South. Three have black mayors. Six had median household income for black families above the national average of $35,398 (and four were below the average).
Stop Trying to Find Out if He/She is Cheating

Walking away from a relationship hurts but not knowing whether or not you should go hurts even more. You didn't get into it with a losing attitude but you didn't expect to have to play games once you got in either. So now what?
A lot of folks these days are going the emotional insurance route a.k.a. investigative activities. You know, "just to be sure" their man/woman is not cheating. But that ends up being more like digging a hole in a sand box. At first, you may feel like you've made some progress but the moment the rain comes, you're right back where you started. Digging again.
When you go looking to see if your man/woman is cheating, you're practicing one of the most common habits of a miserable love life; distrust. Win or lose, you still lose. Either you'll find nothing and let the paranoia consume you, or you'll carry those habits into the next relationship. Why? Because you'll remember that the last hunch you had was right. So every time after that, you'll trust your hunch more than you trust your man even if he is trustworthy.
Believe it or not, you can NOT scare a man/woman into loyalty! No pan of hot grits, no kitchen shears near his penis, no shock therapy, no nothing can spook him out of the legs of another woman/man. You only make yourself look like a clown by trying otherwise.
Threatening to get another man/woman is equally foolish. Did the New York Jets threaten Tim Tebow year after year that if he couldn't stop throwing the ball to the mascot, they'd find another Tebow? No. They gave him his chance and changed the locks when he proved he wasn't ready. Of course a replacement is inevitable, but the repetitive reminder won't give him the skills he doesn't already have.
"But there's a difference between trusting and being naive. What if he keeps taking his phone into the shower with him and changing all his passwords. Then what?"
Then you speak up. If your back was itching, he/she'd scratch it for you. If you were horny, he/she'd be at your door by the time you finished reading this sentence. So if you're uncomfortable with his conduct, he should be willing to do whatever it takes to alleviate that discomfort.
One thing he can't do is read your mind nor defend him/herself against your friend who's telling you, "Well you know what happened on Scandal, I bet he's doing the same thing to you," So open up your mouth and let HIM/HER know.
Consider yourself a winning lottery ticket. You shouldn't have to do much convincing for a man/woman to do what it takes to keep you. Otherwise, learn to accept that maybe he's a little too used to losing with the scratch offs.
But playing detective won't keep you from getting played any more than seeing a train coming eases the pain of it hitting you. That aspiration of getting out of the way the last second is going to turn into a constant panic that you'll one day get stuck in the tracks leaving you more bitter than if you had just gotten hit to begin with.
This isn't about truth or dare. It's about loving or letting go. No games. No in-between. If you continue searching for clues that you're with Mr./Mrs. Wrong , you'll forget that Mr./Mrs. Right will do everything to make his/her loyalty plain as day.  

How to Wear a Sweater Vest This Fall

For decades, the sweater vest has acted as sartorial shorthand for "Poindexter," but labels like E. Tautz, Orley, and Saint Laurent are making a strong case for its revival. If you pick one up, make it solid (stripes, argyle, and Fair Isle patterns tend toward the professorial). Keep the look clean and minimal, so you come off more Eastwood and Brando, less Cunningham and Kotter.

Blackberry to rollout new Priv Phone

It has been a rough go for BlackBerry since the iPhone came out, the company has tried to win back its audience with various devices, only to lose more marketshare to Apple and Android-powered smartphones. Today, you can officially pre-order the Priv, their latest effort that keeps that BlackBerry keyboard that many still swear by, but also adds what could possibly be a gamechanger for the company, Android. 
The sleek device isn't short on specs. It features a slide-out BlackBerry keyboard, a big 5.4" OLED 2560x1440 (540 PPI) curved screen with Gorilla Glass 4, a 3410 mAh battery, 18 megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and microSD expansion up to 2TB. 
$699 (Available Nov. 6th), BlackBerry
Cum Correct: Netflix & Chill Condoms

Everyone knows “Netflix and chill” is really just a pretense for a hot, lazy trip to the boneyard accompanied by the rousing sound of Fox Mulder in an impassioned shouting match with FBI Assistant Director Skinner for the eight millionth time.
Now, for the festive among us, “Netflix and chill” condoms are available to bring the thematic coordination of a 4-year-old’s “Dora the Explorer” birthday party to the act of casual sex.
Interested parties have three options available in the current condom marketplace:
1. A 4-pack of the contraceptives is available at for $9.99.
2. Say It With a Condom makes a Netfl!x And Chill Condom with boxier packaging and competitive pricing.
3. Finally, ballers who don’t mind spending $12 on a 3-pack of prophylactics can order from NF and Chill.
Order those condoms, folks, and make your next transparent attempt to get the goodies even more obvious.
Nike Foamposite Olive

Built to last, the Nike Air Foamposite One quickly transcended its original purpose, with this ‘Olive’ iteration which released Saturday, September 26.  The new shoe takes a classic sneaker and gives it a workbook feel.
Going from the hardwood to the pavement, the rugged sneaker is now prepared for the season in natural tones and classic materials. For this edition, olive green suede combines with boot-inspired elements such as hexagonal metal eyelets and herringbone heel pull, finished with a traditional gum rubber sole and signature ‘cent’ branding.
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