US Army Selects 1st Black Female 2-Star General

Already the highest-ranking African-American female in the U.S. Army, Gen. Marcia Anderson’s recent promotion to the rank of major general makes her the first black woman to hold the title in the history of the military branch.

Anderson formerly served as a deputy-commanding general of the human resources command in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Now in the third highest-ranking position in the army, Gen. Anderson will now be stationed at the office of the chief of the U.S. Army Reserve in Washington, D.C.

The 30-year vet spoke to the Associated Press following her promotion. In her interview, the general spoke of the limited opportunities available for blacks prior to and the immediate years following World War II that affected many African-Americans, including her father.

“This is for people like him who had dreams deferred,” Anderson to the AP referring to her father’s failed dream of flying bombers during his time in the military. Her dad drove trucks instead because of the narrow opportunities for blacks at the time.

Anderson assumed her new post on September 30 in Washington, D.C.

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6 Spending Mistakes That Can Cost You Your Financial Freedom

Can’t seem to get ahead financially? Debts piling up? Maybe you’re making some of these mistake unknowingly. These mistakes listed below will help you understand where you may be going wrong and how to get back on track quickly. You can be debt free.

Living Beyond Your Means

This is the real cause of your worry and stress. If you are spending more than you are earning, whose money are you spending? It’s the credit card provider’s or the bank’s. The cost of this money is interest.

The way out – Make a Commitment to yourself only to spend within your income limits. Maybe you could increase your income (or cash in) by applying for more skilled positions, selling some of your unused articles or assets. Is the second car really a necessity? What about working out ways to make your hobby pay for itself?

Why not find ways to reduce your spending? How much would you save each year if you decided not to have the daily coffee shop coffee? Why not make your work lunch each day rather than buying it? Commit to only buying the necessities.

Paying Off Less Than the Full Credit Card Balance Each Month

Get this debt under control and your life will be much easier. If you are like many others and only pay the minimum balance each month, the interest on the interest makes those purchases oh so expensive.

The way out – Find ways to put aside more money to apply to the credit cards. It will take time to reach this goal. However, if you don’t make a start now you may never pay them off. This situation did not occur overnight and neither will the solution. But, by diligence and commitment you’ll get there.

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Black Women in the Global Village

Photographed by Jordan Matter of Jordan Matter Photography

Travel and Food blogger Terri of  Try Anything Once speaks with BWLW about her travel adventures, recommends countries that you should consider visiting on your next trip, breaks down the misconceptions about the costs of travel, and reveals her tips for new travelers in this edition of Black Women in the Global Village.

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Chocolate and Your Health

Modern science is proving that dark chocolate isn’t just delicious, it can actually lead to good health. Here are seven facts (and a few debunked myths) about your health and chocolate you might not know:

  1. Eating Chocolate Can Be Good for Your Teeth. Unsweetened chocolate has antibacterial elements that actually fight tooth decay. One caveat though: most chocolate products (candy bars, truffles, etc.) are made with LOTS of sugar, which is not good for your teeth and will lead to decay.
  2. Chocolate is Good For Your Heart. Just like red wine and green tea, unprocessed cacao has flavonoids (compounds that contain antioxidants), which help to slow down and prevent damage to the body caused by free radicals. It is believed that antioxidants may help to decrease blood pressure and improve blood flow and circulation. This applies to dark chocolate only. Milk chocolate contains one-half the amount of antioxidants and is usually loaded with sugar and fats.
  3. Chocolate Does Not Make Your Skin Break Out. We were all threatened as teenagers that if we ate chocolate we would have a face full of blemishes. Several current scientific studies show that eating chocolate does not cause acne, and has no negative effect on the skin.
  4. Chocolate Does Not Raise Your Cholesterol. Hard to believe I know, but the fats in cocoa butter do not raise bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. One of the fats in chocolate, stearic acid is a neutral fat. Another found in chocolate, oleic acid, is the same type found in olive oil. Oleic acid may even raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels.
  5. Ancient Mayans Used Chocolate as Medicine. The Mayans believed that chocolate improved one’s health and had strong medicinal properties. Young men preparing for battle drank it as a stimulant. In addition Cacao butter was used to heal wounds.

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