Monday, June 23, 2014

SoftSheen-Carson Laboratories® Magic® Shave Partners with the Hilarious New Comedy Think Like a Man Too for Their Magic Shave Approved Campaign

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Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Terrence J attend a screening of 'Think Like A Man Too' sponsored by Magic Shave at the Showplace Icon Theater on June 12, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (PRNewsFoto/SoftSheen-Carson Laboratories) Magic Shave's NEW Bump Rescue Skincare Line, a range of three skincare products formulated to help men visibly reduce the look of razor bumps. (PRNewsFoto/SoftSheen-Carson Laboratories)  NEW YORKJune 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SoftSheen-Carson Laboratories® Magic® Shave, the undisputed leader in African American men's grooming and shaving, celebrated their NEW Bump Rescue Skincare Line through its Magic Shave Approved campaign and partnership with Sony Pictures' Think Like a Man Too, in theaters today!
As part of the campaign, an advanced pre-screening of Think Like a Man Too was sponsored by Magic Shave, the movie's official U.S. men's grooming promotional partner, at Show Place Icon 15 in Chicago with cast appearances by Kevin HartRegina Hall and Terrence J. At the event, Magic Shave offered product sampling to eager moviegoers and invited them to enter their Think Like A Man Too sweepstakes for the chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas.
Through the dynamic campaign, the brand also hit Chicago's hottest neighborhood barbershops where they picked up the tab for customer appointments, sampled Magic Shave products and provided movie ticket giveaways. Consumers were also encouraged to share their smooth look using hashtag #MagicShaveApproved.
Designed to address the specific needs of African American men's skin, the NEW Magic Shave Bump Rescue Skincare Line visibly reduces the appearance of bumps, fights blackheads, helps prevent new acne blemishes and diminishes the look of ingrown hairs. This comprehensive system is built around cutting-edge technologies and contains key ingredients such as salicylic acid, charcoal, zinc and allantoin, to deliver smoother skin.
"Magic Shave has been the pioneer in men's depilatories for over 100 years," says Mezei Jefferson, Senior Manager of Education, SoftSheen-Carson. "To stay at the forefront of men's grooming needs, we are thrilled to define a category of skincare products that are tough on bumps, gentle on skin and so efficient, it's magic!"
Magic Shave Bump Rescue Skincare Line consists of three innovative products that work synergistically to help men achieve their best self. Each product is a powerhouse that provides specific benefits, and collectively, the regimen unlocks the full power and potency of the line:
  • Bump Rescue Spot Treatment – Convenient, easy-to-use roller ball spot treatment, created with 2% salicylic acid, the highest amount one can purchase over the counter. With a menthol cooling sensation, it treats and prevents breakouts, penetrates pores to fight blackheads and helps to clear up blemishes, allowing skin to heal. (SRP $8.99)
  • Bump Rescue Exfoliating Cleanser – Formulated with charcoal particles and salicylic acid, this exfoliating cleanser washes away oil and dirt residue, helps unclog pores, removes impurities and dead cells, while reducing the appearance of bumps. (SRP $5.99)
  • Bump Rescue 2-in-1 Moisturizer – Featuring a combination of zinc and allantoin, this instantly hydrating moisturizer helps to reduce the look of ingrown hairs and refine skin texture while keeping skin hydrated and soothed. This unique moisturizer minimizes the appearance of bumps in just 4 weeks. (SRP$5.99)
AVAILABILITY: Magic Shave Bump Rescue Skincare is now available in mass, drug and barber/beauty supply stores nationwide.
About SoftSheen-Carson Magic® Shave: Magic® Shave is the razorless hair removal system for Black men. The skin-conditioning formulas feature cocoa butter and natural oils for soft, smooth, bump-free skin.  The Magic® line of depilatory creams, powders and Magic® Bump Rescue is available at mass, drug and barber/beauty supply stores nationwide.
About SoftSheen-Carson:SoftSheen-Carson Laboratories is part of the Consumer Products Division of L'OrĂ©al USA. As the worldwide haircare leader for people of color, SoftSheen-Carson provides consumers with superior beauty products to help them choose their personal style. SoftSheen-Carson's portfolio includes well-loved brands such as Dark and Lovely, Optimum, Lets Jam!, and Magic Shave.
About Think Like A Man TooThink Like A Man Too, the sequel, inspired by Steve Harvey's best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, is set in Sin City where all of the couples are back for a long wedding weekend. But plans for romance and fun go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.  Think Like A Man Too, directed by Tim Story, produced by Will Packer and written byKeith Merryman and David A. Newman, features all-star casting: Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy,Regina HallGabrielle UnionJerry FerraraMeagan Good, Romany Malco, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis andDennis Haysbert. Now in Theaters.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Project21: Juneteenth Emancipation Anniversary Doubles as Call for Reform of Policies Limiting Liberty‏

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On "Juneteenth," the oldest and most-recognized observance of the demise of slavery in the United States, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are suggesting that black Americans make a personal assessment of how much freedom they actually enjoy these days and how they may be able to expand upon that freedom in the future through limits on government expansion.

Juneteenth, an official holiday or observance in at least 40 states, is on June 19.

"For what began as a celebration of black Americans' release from chattel slavery, Juneteenth is important to remember today because all Americans forget at their peril that freedom doesn't come for free," said Project 21's Stacy Swimp , a frequent speaker at and sponsor of past Juneteenth celebrations in Michigan. "More than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln, slavery still exists in America today in the form of too many Americans who suffer from a social, moral, economic and spiritual bondage springing forth from expanding government and entitlements and offers of false salvation. This new slavery robs people of their God-given and constitutionally-protected freedoms, and Juneteenth should be a time to reflect on this crisis and begin to take that freedom back."

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of Union troops in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. Those soldiers informed residents in the area that the Civil War was over and that President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had already abolished slavery two-and-a-half years earlier.

Galveston's former slave population began celebrating their freedom on the anniversary of this day in an event that became known as Juneteenth. The commemoration became a stabilizing and motivating presence among black Texans experiencing new uncertainties associated with their newfound freedom and their full integration into American society.

The observance of Juneteenth and the event's emphasis on self-improvement and advancement soon spread from Texas to be recognized in communities across the United States.

While Juneteenth is often celebrated with festive event such as picnics and parades, there is still an emphasis on self-improvement and education that is considered an integral part of the observance.

"As a child growing up in Fulshear, Texas, Juneteenth was always a festive day to remember the good news received in nearby Galveston in 1865. It was the opportunity to make good on the dreams of freedom envisioned by newly-freed slaves. I was always told to remember the sacrifices of those who came before me," said Project 21's Carl Pittman "It is unfortunate, however, that many blacks simply moved from one plantation to another over 149 years. An entitlement mentality has removed the sense of pride that was once so dominant in the black community. Government expands to keep up with the growing demand for entitlements, essentially becoming a new slavemaster by providing free health care, food, cell phones, housing and more. Too many blacks over the generations have become so dependent they cannot leave this new plantation, and thus they will continue to support an ideology that will eventually and undoubtedly fail them."

At a time when there is widespread concern over the size and scope of government and its intrusion into daily life and peoples' privacy, members of Project 21 suggest that this year's observance include extra attention to how freedom may be at risk and what people can do, by themselves or working with others, to reform government policies that limit their freedom.

"At a time when there is widespread concern over the size and scope of government and its intrusion into our daily lives, I suggest this year's observance include extra attention to how we as a people are truly free," said Project 21's Gregory Parker, a former county commissioner in Comal County, Texas.

In 2014, Project 21 members have been interviewed or cited by the media over 800 times -- including TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio and 50,000-watt talk radio stations such as WBZ-Boston and KDKA-Pittsburgh -- on issues that include civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, race preferences, education and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 has participated in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding race preferences and voting rights and defended voter ID laws at the United Nations. Its volunteer membership comes from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.
Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated .

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RLJohnson commends The African American Mayors Assoc for endorsing better priced & structured loan alternatives...and curtail abusive & predatory lending

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  1. Robert L. Johnson Announces (AAMA) Has Passed A Unanimous Resolution Endorsing A Viable Loan Alternative For Workers In Need Of Short-Term Credit Solutions Through Their Employer's Payroll System

Johnson commends the AAMA for calling on Congress, financial regulators, and the Obama Administration to allow better priced and structured loan alternatives to thrive in the marketplace and curtail abusive and predatory lending practices aimed at those who can least afford it 

BETHESDA, Md., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The RLJ Companies today announced the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) passed a unanimous resolution during their annual board meeting in Washington, DC, in support of an innovative financial product that provides workers with an open-ended employee line of credit offered directly through the payroll system at no cost to the employer.  
With limited credit options available for Americans today, the AAMA endorsed the goal of developing innovative and viable loan alternatives for workers in need of credit solutions, particularly minority and working class Americans.
"I am pleased that the AAMA has passed a resolution that will bring the important issue of finding innovative ways to end the cycle of debt brought on by costly traditional and alternative credit products," said Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies. "Borrowers, many of whom are minorities, may not have access to mainstream borrowing and are often forced to use costly bank products like overdraft or, even worse, take out abusive payday loans and pay exorbitant fees," he added.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, founding president of the AAMA stated, "As Mayors, we focus on many issues that directly affect our communities, and the economic and financial health of our residents is critical to keeping our cities competitive and strong.  The African American Mayors Association will engage in a national dialogue urging an end to the cycle of debt that disproportionately impacts African Americans, and will call on Congress, financial regulators, and the Administration to find common ground and support new, viable, and low cost alternatives that work to meet the needs of our communities."
The AAMA resolution is attached.
Media Inquiries: Traci Otey Blunt, 240.744.7858 or
About The RLJ Companies The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in a publicly traded hotel real estate investment trust; private equity; financial services; asset management; automobile dealerships; sports and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered inBethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NCLittle Rock, ARLos Angeles, CASan Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information visit:
About the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) The newly launched African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively representing African-American mayors in the United States.  African American Mayors Association exists to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the African American Mayors Association includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.
WHEREAS, the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) has endorsed the goal of developing innovative, better-priced and better-structured viable loan alternatives for workers in need of credit solutions, particularly minority and working-class Americans;
WHEREAS, income disparity and short-term loans primarily used by subprime and lower-income Americans continues to grow, the need for new consumer credit options has increased as banks have tightened credit standards, leaving millions of Americans with few options to standard products;
WHEREAS, emergency credit is critical for today's employees because seventy percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck with no savings and fifty-four percent of workers' biggest financial worry is not having enough emergency savings for an unexpected expense (PWC Financial Wellness Survey);
WHEREAS, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has recognized employer-based loans as an emerging safe and innovative small-dollar loan business model (A Template for Success: The FDIC's Small-Dollar Loan Pilot Program, 2010). The FDIC notes that lenders can use employment information for underwriting and integrate with company payroll systems, allowing providers to offer the loans at a significantly more affordable rate compared with bank overdraft and other short-term loans;
WHEREAS, the elastic product is a line of credit made available through employers; the elastic product is designed to provide a flexible line of credit and to provide a viable and scalable alternative to traditional forms of credit like bank overdraft fees and other short-term loans;
WHEREAS, the elastic product provides employees a lower cost than alternative bank products; automatic payments via payroll; discreet borrowing without requesting a wage advance from the employer; and an exclusive benefit to the employee including tools to increase financial literacy and the opportunity to improve their credit scores by reporting payments to the major credit bureaus;
WHEREAS, the elastic product provides employers with a no-cost benefit to offer employees resulting in lower employee stress and higher work productivity; and no repayment risk to the employer;
WHEREAS, access to credit is a financial lifeline for Americans facing economic stress and a concerted effort among consumer groups, regulators, industry, legislators, and the Administration is needed to ensure that these loans meet the highest standards of transparency and responsible lending;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) supports the elastic product and the goal of providing immediate financial relief and literacy to consumers to end the cycle of debt brought on by costly traditional and predatory credit products.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is engaging in a national dialogue urging Congress, Financial Regulators, and the Administration to support the elastic product offering and allow this innovative, viable, and low cost business solution to thrive in the marketplace to meet the financial needs of consumers on June 14, 2014.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Book - Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III

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Flashpoint in Ukraine provides insight into today's gravest
geopolitical crisis since WW II. Possible global war looms.

Viewed from the perspective of Western mainstream media, the
crisis arose due to pro-democracy activists overturning a brutal
dictatorship, which led swiftly to Russian incursion into Ukraine and
annexation of Crimea.

Viewed from the perspective of the 20 highly-credentialed analysts
who have contributed to this anthology, it’s an entirely different
story.  Obama's pivot is global, in pursuit of unchallenged worldwide
dominance, leading to multiple direct and proxy wars. N
dominated Washington seeks to marginalize its Russian and Chinese
rivals, surrounding both countries with US bases.
 Ukraine is in the
eye of the storm, the crown jewel of NATO eastward expansion, the
last step in Washington's drive to incorporate all former Soviet
republics and Warsaw Pact countries into NATO and install missile
defense sites on Russia’s very border.

To that end, the US has poured some $5 billion into “pro-democracy”
NGOs which, counter to intention or not, were soon swept aside by
neo-Nazi groups, and leading to the installation as President of
former banker, Arseniy Yatseniuk, advance leaked as the unelected
pick of Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European
and Eurasian Affairs.

While, as it is argued here, Russia did not invade Crimea and in fact
has taken an extremely measured response with primary emphasis
on diplomacy and ending the crisis, NATO, European and US
spokespersons and media are seeking to dramatize and indeed
resurrect a “Russian threat”. Eastern resistance forestalls Obama's
imperial project. The West appears willing to pursue it, at the risk not
just of Ukrainian civil war and potential East/West confrontation but
of global nuclear war.

The flashpoint in Ukraine risks the unthinkable.

This book explains what everyone needs to know, to get the world
off the bandwagon to war.
Get your copy on Amazon: Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III
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