IF YOU’RE EXPECTING a tax refund this year, you need a good plan for your money. Always remember that the government isn’t sending you a bonus check – it’s money that should have been yours all along. In fact, if you’re receiving a huge refund, you’re probably having too much withheld. Be sure to revisit your W-4 form and adjust your federal income tax withholding allowances.

I usually don't like writing blog posts in response to current events, because I believe everyone needs time to think and reflect before speaking up (or in this case, writing) about any hot topics, because words are spoken and they will never be unspoken. Out of our mouth comes the power to give life and at the same time the power to take it away.

Image source: http://www.diasporamarketplace.org

The great State of Maryland will be hosting the African Diaspora Market 2015. The City of Silver Spring is now preparing for this great showcase coming up this Summer.  Details can be found on the Market Place website.

"The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western Union have launched the third round of the African Diaspora Marketplace business plan competition (ADM III). Successful ADM III applicants will receive a matching grant of up to $50,000 and will have access to technical assistance and other support services.  

As I woke up this morning, getting ready to start the week with my daily routine, I realized that this day would not have been the same without the sacrifice and leadership of one man that I came to know later in my adulthood life.

As a naturalized African American (originally from the Congo Democratic in Central Africa), I realized that this wonderful day (along with many others to come) could not have been possible if a certain group of people stood up for my future, knowing for sure that they might not get a taste of it as they confront unthinkable injustice and ideology rooted in the American society.

Money Matters Weekly: Knowing Your Financial Stats To Get out of Debts

Think about this scenario: You get a chance to share a dinner meeting with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. During the event, Bill proposes to pay your debt in full, only if you know how much you're currently in Debt. To make it interesting, Warren joins the conversation and propose to double your Net Worth if you know your value. You only need to be within +/- 10% of your actual numbers.

Rhode Bath-Schéba MAKOUMBOURhode Bath-Schéba MAKOUMBOU , Painter / Sculptor

Born on August 29, 1976 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. As a child her father, painter David MAKOUMBOU, initiated her in the art of painting. She really engaged in art since 1989.

In her paintings and sculptures she emphasizes social activities of African women. Generally, she uses knifes to create her oil paintings.