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Friday, January 31, 2020

SUNDANCE 2020: Obamas unveil enlightening, inspiring doc ‘Crip Camp’

When Crip Camp debuted on the opening night of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, lines of ticket-holders were left without a seat because of the enormous demand. Part of the hype was likely due to the fact that the film was executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, making it instantly intriguing if nothing else.

The Netflix film does not disappoint and welcomes viewers into a world they may not have considered before being mesmerized by the dedication, perseverance, and truly remarkable moments it serves up from the first minute.

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Check out the official synopsis:

Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.

In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California — a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community — where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions.

Co-directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country’s largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist.

It’s nearly impossible to leave this film unchanged or uninspired. Watching kids contend with challenges in the relentless way they do and recognizing how many similarities we share despite major differences is an intense and illuminating experience. Of course, the doc is not all fun and games and the darker aspects of reality for the disabled people of the country are much more alarming than we ever considered.

Crip Camp doesn’t offer any tidy solutions to the ongoing issues, but it certainly ignites a desire to learn and do more.

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Reports of Sexual Assault Rose 27% at Military Academies

It’s no secret that sexual assault in the military is a problem. In an arena that prides secrecy and cultivates a boys club atmosphere, unfortunately those assaults often go unreported.

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Ludacris surprises Florida students with $75K worth of music equipment

Students from at a South Florida high school got an extra special surprise the week courtesy of rapper Ludacris.

According to NBC Philadelphia, Wednesday, Luda gifted the students at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School with $75,000 worth of music equipment as part of StubHub’s #TicketForward program; a collaborative with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that plans to invest $3 million in public school music programs nationwide.

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“I understand the importance of music education,” the 42-year-old explained to the excited teens. “It’s very important to me.”

During his visit, the entertainer also attended a school-wide assembly where he graciously participated in Q&A session that allowed him to share advice and encourage those in attendance to pursue their passions despite the odds against them.

READ MORE: What Kobe Bryant’s death has taught me about how Black men mourn

“If it weren’t for individuals reaching back and giving me that confidence, I wouldn’t be here today,” he explained. “If you get knocked down nine times, you get up 10. Just keep going.”

As if the new equipment wasn’t enough, Ludacris also surprised the school’s band director, Kevin Segura, with two Super Bowl tickets for this weekend’s game in Miami.

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“We have instruments being held together with tape, they don’t move, they’re banged up,” Segura said. “So these instruments are going to improve our sound and going to motivate kids to want to do band so hopefully I can build up this program to what it once was back in the day … I’m really, really excited that I’m going to the game. I didn’t think I was going so this was a nice surprise for me.”

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What Kobe Bryant’s death teaches us about living emotionally richer lives

There is never a good time to die.

Still, there are situations that tend to help ease the grieving process because they fit snuggly into “what seems” right and wrong, fair or unfair, just v. unjust when it comes to death. For example, when someone passes away due to old age or after suffering through disease managing emotions around the loss are relatively uncomplicated. The heart feels the loss, but the head reminds that this is to be expected. Alternately, when someone dies at a relatively young age, in a tragic or unexpected way, the heart and head are both scrambling. What happened? And perhaps most important, looking for the why.

Sadly, the tragic helicopter accident that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people on board, is a reminder of how out of control we truly are when it comes to life and death. And it’s been hard.

READ MORE: LeBron James and Anthony Davis both get tatted to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

It’s been a devastating blow for the families and friends of the victims; people who experienced unimaginable loss and are left to deal with “figuring out” the rest of their lives. It’s been a shocker to Kobe Bryant fans, folks who feel a connection to a man they admired from afar. It’s even posed a challenge to pop culture, as we know it. How do you follow a story, in real-time, with integrity and fairness? How do you edit a society that has thrived on being filter-less?

Death changes everything it touches. The passing of Kobe Bryant has caused many to examine their feelings around tragedy, vulnerability, and healing—and look at trauma in their own lives. Here are a few takeaways to consider:

 

Make Space for Black Male Vulnerability

People were moved by the emotional outbursts of Shaquille O’Neal, and countless other Black men, who shed sincere tears over the deaths of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and the others aboard the plane. The emotional displays are a reminder of the importance of encouraging Black men to express feelings, thoughts, and comportment that dispel the crippling burden of hyper-masculinity in our community. Black men need the freedom to emote in authentic ways, without fear of having their masculinity questioned, outside of the confines of tragedy.

Trauma Has No Parameters

The families of the victims are suffering a heart-wrenching loss—there is no comparison or parity between what family and fans are experiencing. That said, it does not mean that fans are not experiencing grief and trauma in their own right. First, many fans felt connected to Kobe Bryant and invested in his career and personal life. It’s natural to experience a sense of sadness due to the death and the tragic manner. Second, for many the tragedy will trigger memories and feelings of loss and or trauma in their personal lives, such as the passing of a loved one or accidents they experienced/witnessed. It’s imperative to identify what you’re feeling and utilize resources, such as counseling, to help.

READ MORE: Roger Goodell confirms NFL will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at the Super Bowl

The Truth Is Never Disrespectful—But Timing Is

Some people make bigger mistakes than others. There are moments to address those decisions and instances when such topics are best left for later. Whether you’re dealing with a superstar or the headliners in your household, discernment is a must, particularly during tough times. That never means sacrificing your safety, or that of others, but understanding the importance of respect and support during challenging times.

Death Touches Everyone

One of the most bothersome things about devastating events is that they serve as a reminder of our personal vulnerability and that our most loved ones can be taken away from us at any time. It’s scary. It’s painful. It’s out of our control. No one knows the when, why or how. The best ways to manage the anxiety and fear that accompany this lack of control to acknowledge it. Talk to your friends and loved ones about your concerns. Create a plan for your loved ones to ensure their security (ex. wills, adequate life insurance and other supports). Most important, actively pursue your happiness. Tell folks you love them, create distance or end toxic relationships.

S. Tia Brown is a journalist and licensed therapist. Follow her on IG @tiabrowntalks.

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SUNDANCE 2020: Here’s why ‘Charm City Kings’ was our favorite film of the festival

Check out the synopsis:

Growing up in West Baltimore, teenage Mouse (Jahi Di’allo Winston) known for roles in Queen & Slim, Proud Mary, and The Upside, feels the fierce pull of different forces: Between notorious ex-con Blax (Meek Mill) and concerned Detective Rivers (William Catlett), and between the straight path set for Mouse by his concerned mother (Teyonah Parris) and the dangers of gang life, which took his brother’s life. The one truth Mouse knows is that he loves the power, artistry and energy of “The Ride” — the exhilarating motorized-dirt-bike scene that is both pastime and passion on the streets of Baltimore. During one eventful summer, Mouse steers his way through two father figures, a first girlfriend, the pull of illegal choices and the thrill of stunt-riding that makes him and his friends feel like CHARM CITY KINGS.

For Mouse, the 13-year-old hero of director Angel Manuel Soto’s Charm City Kings, what he loves is the motorized, urban dirt bike scene that has been a crucial part of Baltimore street life for 50 years. That culture has created its own music genre, its own styles, and local celebrities in the community including DeWayne Davis aka “Wheelie Wayne,” Chino, and Lakeyria Doughty aka“Wheelie Queen.” They ride Yamahas and Hondas which they use to create genuinely incredible tricks, including the “12 O’Clock” move: Popping a wheelie, and as the bike is on its back wheel, turning the handlebars completely vertical as if they were clock hands facing high noon. But the riders’ lives can turn upside-down in unforeseen ways.

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There are so many profound elements of the film from producer, Clarence Hammond, and Caleb Pinkett and written by Sherman Payne. Executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith for Overbrook Entertainment, it feels like an instant classic. The teen angst of Black boys is a subject rarely captured or examined on the big screen and subjects like toxic masculinity, trauma, family, and poverty are tackled beautifully through mesmerizing performances from Jahi Di’Allo Winston. His mother is perfectly portrayed by Teyonah Parris and Meek Mill delivered an impressive performance in a prominent role.

All of the acting is superb and the film does a delicate dance between excruciating moments and sweet comedic dialogue. In that sense, this movie is all things. A sweet coming-of-age tale complete with a first kiss and crass teenage boy banter;  a grizzly crime drama that makes you watch through split fingers as you cover your eyes. The backdrop of Baltimore’s bike community is equally captivating and the stunts and chase scenes add a unique action element that will have your jaw on the floor and make you wonder why you haven’t seen any of this before. This film will make you laugh and break your heart and when it’s over you’ll be begging for another ride.

Fortunately, Charm City Kings has already secured a theatrical release date of April 10, 2020 and its definitely one you won’t want to miss.

 

 

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Jury Rules That Stockton Police Used Excessive Force in Arrest That Left Teen With Two Missing Teeth

It’s always rare for police to be held accountable for their often repulsive actions. Luckily, today we can report one of those rare cases.

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This Vicks Humidifier Is Perfect For My Closet-Sized Apartment Bedroom

One morning earlier this month, while I was out of town, I received the following text from one of my roommates:

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Senate Republicans Give Democracy The Finger, Vote To Not Allow Witnesses In Impeachment Trial

I’ve remained convinced that no one group of people hates America and the ideals it’s supposed to represent more than the Republican party. Tonight, they seem dead set on proving me right.

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HBCU Grad Student Saves an 8-Year-Old From Being Kidnapped

It’s not every day that one does something that both labels them a hero and gets them free breakfast. That’s exactly what happened with a North Carolina A&T graduate student.

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The Story of Former Slave-Turned-History-Making Drag Queen, William Dorsey Swann

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William Dorsey Swann was a former slave who fought for queer freedom decades before the Stonewall riots of 1969. In an article published in The Nation Friday, writer and historian Channing Gerard Joseph tells the little-known story of Swann, a cross-dressing black man born into slavery who was affectionately known as “the Queen.”

“Born in Maryland around 1858, Swann endured slavery, the Civil War, racism, police surveillance, torture behind bars, and many other injustices,” writes Joseph, who is publishing a book on Swann. “Beginning in the 1880s, he not only became the first American activist to lead a queer resistance group; he also became, in the same decade, the first known person to dub himself a ‘queen of drag’—or, more familiarly, a drag queen.”

In addition to making history as the first drag queen noted in history, Swann organized underground drag balls in Washington, DC, in the 1880s. He also asked President Grover Cleveland for a pardon after he was convicted and sentenced to 10 months for running a brothel in 1896. “This, too, was a historic act,” states Joseph. “It made Swann the earliest recorded American to take specific legal and political steps to defend the queer community’s right to gather without the threat of criminalization, suppression, or police violence.”

Joseph says he discovered Swann’s story 15 years ago at Columbia University when he stumbled upon an article published in The Washington Post on April 13, 1888, titled “Negro Dive Raided. Thirteen Black Men Dressed as Women Surprised at Supper and Arrested.” The story details an incident where Swann was arrested during a brawl with police. “The fight was also one of the first known instances of violent resistance in the name of LGBTQ rights,” says Joseph.

Despite run-ins with police and being ostracized in society, Swann continued to resist and held multiple drag balls in Washington, DC, in the 1880s.

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The Story of Former Slave-Turned-History-Making Drag Queen, William Dorsey Swann

drag queens

William Dorsey Swann was a former slave who fought for queer freedom decades before the Stonewall riots of 1969. In an article published in The Nation Friday, writer and historian Channing Gerard Joseph tells the little-known story of Swann, a cross-dressing black man born into slavery who was affectionately known as “the Queen.”

“Born in Maryland around 1858, Swann endured slavery, the Civil War, racism, police surveillance, torture behind bars, and many other injustices,” writes Joseph, who is publishing a book on Swann. “Beginning in the 1880s, he not only became the first American activist to lead a queer resistance group; he also became, in the same decade, the first known person to dub himself a ‘queen of drag’—or, more familiarly, a drag queen.”

In addition to making history as the first drag queen noted in history, Swann organized underground drag balls in Washington, DC, in the 1880s. He also asked President Grover Cleveland for a pardon after he was convicted and sentenced to 10 months for running a brothel in 1896. “This, too, was a historic act,” states Joseph. “It made Swann the earliest recorded American to take specific legal and political steps to defend the queer community’s right to gather without the threat of criminalization, suppression, or police violence.”

Joseph says he discovered Swann’s story 15 years ago at Columbia University when he stumbled upon an article published in The Washington Post on April 13, 1888, titled “Negro Dive Raided. Thirteen Black Men Dressed as Women Surprised at Supper and Arrested.” The story details an incident where Swann was arrested during a brawl with police. “The fight was also one of the first known instances of violent resistance in the name of LGBTQ rights,” says Joseph.

Despite run-ins with police and being ostracized in society, Swann continued to resist and held multiple drag balls in Washington, DC, in the 1880s.

Read the full article here.



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Pennsylvania dad goes viral for buying his daughter a vending machine

A Pennsylvania dad’s Christmas gift to his 10-year-old daughter went viral for helping her develop an entrepreneurial mindset and setting her up for financial success.

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Instead of the typical toys, electronics and clothes, Reco Oxendine, 28, bought his daughter her very own vending machine and now she’s learning the fundamentals of wealth building, reported Atlanta Black Star. Oxendine announced the unique gift on Facebook and the post has since been shared more than 18,000 times with roughly 2,000 comments from people who were eager to learn how they too could start their own vending business.

“I want her to be a boss,” Oxendine told Atlanta Black Star. “I want her to understand (the) value of being a business owner at a young age. So, when it comes to her growing up … and she has to make decisions about how she can earn money, she knows that a job isn’t the only way.”

Oxendine said he started his daughter down this path in 2016 when they began selling candy in their local community. Their business, “Candy Lovers,” would drop by barbershops, salons and community sporting events, where they would sell their concessions.

“I grabbed a cart from Walmart and some candy, and we just started selling (candy),” Oxendine told Atlanta Black Star. “The community fully embraced it, like they loved what we were doing.”

From there, Oxendine used the profits to start buying vending machines. He currently owns a dozen vending machines.

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According to DiscountVending.com, the cost of vending machines range from $1,500 to $3,000, depending on how many features it has and whether it also sells refrigerated treats.

Oxendine is using this moment to not only pass on his knowledge, lessons learned and entrepreneurial mindset to his daughter, but he is also now educating other children on the importance of building generational wealth through a new video series called Next Uplifted.

That’s what’s up.

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Southern University Becomes First HBCU to Launch Hemp-Derived CBD Product Line

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The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has announced a partnership with Ilera Holistic Healthcare, as it releases a hemp-derived CBD product line called ALAFIA. This makes Southern University the first HBCU to launch a hemp product line.

Representatives from Southern University and Ilera Holistic Healthcare held a press conference—which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony at H&W Drug Store Dispensary in New Orleans. At the event, people were able to purchase ALAFIA.

“This is an exciting time for healthcare and business here in the state of Louisiana, and Southern University is honored to be a part of it all,” Ray L. Belton, president of the Southern University System said in a statement. “Southern has been a leader in agriculture and the sciences for 140 years while staying true to its mission of access. This CBD venture with Ilera encompasses all of that. We look forward to advancing this vision and serving as a model for other universities.”

ALAFIA, which means ‘inner peace’ in the Yoruba language, is scientifically formulated, lab tested, and pesticide-free. The CBD products will be available at dispensaries in Louisiana as well as other retail locations. ALAFIA will also be made available nationwide for sale and distribution.

“We are excited about the launch of ALAFIA,” said Osagie Imasogie, chairman of Ilera Holistic Healthcare. “Our team created a superior hemp-derived product with patients in mind. We are proud of this partnership with Southern and look forward to announcing the next phase of this groundbreaking rollout.”

The formulated PURE CBD tinctures currently on the market are: Isolate CBD with 500mg ($40) and 1000mg ($80) and Full Spectrum CBD with 500mg ($40) and 1000mg ($80). Additional CBD products will be released soon.

“Our vision has always been patient access and affordability,” said Chanda Macias, chief executive officer of Ilera Holistic Healthcare. “It was imperative for us to bring high-quality products that support health and wellness. Patients now can purchase ALAFIA over the counter without a prescription anywhere it is available.”

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Friday's Best Deals: Jach's Sweaters, Cole Haan, Tactical Sporks, and More

An Anker wall adapter, LG monitor, an itty-bitty lighter, and New Balance shoes lead off Friday’s best deals from around the web.

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Austin Police Still Disproportionately Arrest Black and Latinx Motorists, Despite Attempts to Address Racial Disparity in Policing

Black people make up only 8 percent of Austin, Texas’ adult population, yet comprise a quarter of all motorist arrests, a new report from the city government finds.

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Sundance 2020: Insecure Is Very Secure in How It Truly Showcases Diversity on Set

In addition to settling into a dark theater to watch a bunch of independent films, Sundance Film Festival is a time to network at a bunch of exclusive dinners and parties. Since we’re about that black-ass life over here, I decided to make sure to poke my head into events dedicated to black folks.

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This Year's NBA All-Star Game Will Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant with New Format

As the tragedy of the death of Kobe Bryant continues to reverberate throughout the NBA community, the league has unveiled drastic changes ahead of its annual All-Star Game in order to pay tribute to the legendary Laker.

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Want To Be A Boss? Here’s How Your Job Can Prepare You for Entrepreneurship

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Living in a digitized world, it’s easy to become fascinated with the thought of becoming an entrepreneur. If becoming an entrepreneur is a dream of yours, I highly suggest you read this full article before you make that jump.

People often tell me how inspired they are by watching my 8-year entrepreneurial journey. At times when I hear these compliments, I’m not sure how to receive them because my bank account is low, or I’m dealing with a dissatisfied client who I only booked for the money, knowing they weren’t a great fit.

Truth be told, there is a dark side to entrepreneurship—and working a 9-to-5 can help you handle these difficult situations.

My entrepreneurial journey as a wedding and event planner would not be as successful without the experience of serving others. Prior to launching my business, I worked as a social worker for many years. And a number of my first clients were fellow co-workers and classmates from college who recognized my strong work ethic. Those long and challenging days prepared me for entrepreneurship.

Related: Jobs Wouldn’t Hire Me So I Created My Own Six-Figure Business

I know how amazing it feels when you leave your job to pursue your dream. There is freedom, a sense of satisfaction, and many other great opportunities. But today we are not going to focus on that. Today, I want to share the darker side. I want to share the main two challenges and problems I wish I knew before beginning my entrepreneurial journey.

Build the grit you need in the workplace

Remember that time you were in a company staff meeting and you knew that marketing plan wouldn’t speak to your clientele? So you voiced your opinion and a logical alternative plan?

As an entrepreneur, you will face many situations that always make you wonder if you made the right decision or not. Especially if your income doesn’t reflect your expectations.

Related: 5 Successful Black Founders Share Expert Tips on Starting a Business

Self- doubt can influence your decisions as an entrepreneur.

Focus and Prioritization Are Key

As an entrepreneur, time management is key to your overall success. Self-discipline is also important because you have no boss checking your timesheets or productivity sheets to ensure work is completed.

Old habits die hard. Therefore, it is important to practice being your own boss while you work for someone else as preparation for when you take that leap.

I know that to some people, my advice might come off as a bit pessimistic, but, my goal is to help you think strategically before you pivot!

 



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Want To Be A Boss? Here’s How Your Job Can Prepare You for Entrepreneurship

entrepreneurs

Living in a digitized world, it’s easy to become fascinated with the thought of becoming an entrepreneur. If becoming an entrepreneur is a dream of yours, I highly suggest you read this full article before you make that jump.

People often tell me how inspired they are by watching my 8-year entrepreneurial journey. At times when I hear these compliments, I’m not sure how to receive them because my bank account is low, or I’m dealing with a dissatisfied client who I only booked for the money, knowing they weren’t a great fit.

Truth be told, there is a dark side to entrepreneurship—and working a 9-to-5 can help you handle these difficult situations.

My entrepreneurial journey as a wedding and event planner would not be as successful without the experience of serving others. Prior to launching my business, I worked as a social worker for many years. And a number of my first clients were fellow co-workers and classmates from college who recognized my strong work ethic. Those long and challenging days prepared me for entrepreneurship.

Related: Jobs Wouldn’t Hire Me So I Created My Own Six-Figure Business

I know how amazing it feels when you leave your job to pursue your dream. There is freedom, a sense of satisfaction, and many other great opportunities. But today we are not going to focus on that. Today, I want to share the darker side. I want to share the main two challenges and problems I wish I knew before beginning my entrepreneurial journey.

Build the grit you need in the workplace

Remember that time you were in a company staff meeting and you knew that marketing plan wouldn’t speak to your clientele? So you voiced your opinion and a logical alternative plan?

As an entrepreneur, you will face many situations that always make you wonder if you made the right decision or not. Especially if your income doesn’t reflect your expectations.

Related: 5 Successful Black Founders Share Expert Tips on Starting a Business

Self- doubt can influence your decisions as an entrepreneur.

Focus and Prioritization Are Key

As an entrepreneur, time management is key to your overall success. Self-discipline is also important because you have no boss checking your timesheets or productivity sheets to ensure work is completed.

Old habits die hard. Therefore, it is important to practice being your own boss while you work for someone else as preparation for when you take that leap.

I know that to some people, my advice might come off as a bit pessimistic, but, my goal is to help you think strategically before you pivot!

 



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A Short Story of How a Black Yogi Made It Possible for Black Detroit to Namaste

Detroit is the blackest city in America. And in this black city exists a black-ass yoga studio where you can be your black-ass self. Amina Daniels, the owner and founder, works hard to keep it that way. Live Cycle Delight, located in Detroit’s gentrifying West Village neighborhood, has two spaces: one where the yoga…

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Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad to Celebrate Sisterhood at Women of Power

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It’s nearly impossible to attend Women of Power and leave without making one sisterly connection with someone you don’t know. There’s no greater feeling than meeting up with your sistah-friends at the summit to reconnect, recharge, and encourage one another as you pursue your goals.

Speaking of sisters, we are excited to announce that we will be honoring Debbie Allen, award-winning director and choreographer, as a 2020 Legacy Award recipient. And get this, her sister, Phylicia Rashad, a 2017 Legacy Award Honoree and award-winning actress will be at the summit, too! Talk about a moment in time.

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Related: Black Enterprise Celebrates 15 Years of Honoring the Power and Legacies of Black Women

We are looking forward to a powerful time in Vegas. And we encourage you to bring a sistah with you. Or in the words of past Legacy Award winner, Cynt Marshall, “Help a Sistah out!”

Until then, be sure to join the Women of Power Facebook group to commune with powerful women.

Meet a Sistah!

  • Introduce yourself and share what you’re up to. – There are over 2,000 women killing it in their respective fields in the group. Let them know who you are and what you’re about!
  • Share what you’re looking forward to this year at the Summit. – Have you taken a look at the agenda yet? We have over 40 scheduled events planned for your pleasure. Let everyone know which ones you’re excited about and find out which ones people are going to. You can connect and meet them there!
  • Share your expertise, motivational content, and relevant articles. — This year’s Summit theme is: “Undivided: Power on Our Own Terms.” We encourage you to share information that is empowering, can help someone in their career, or elicits a conversation on how women can remain undivided. We’ve already got the ball rolling and we’re waiting to hear from you.
  • Ask questions about the event. – Do you have a question that you can’t find the answer to on the Women of Power event website? Feel free to ask. We’ll respond.

We hope that you will join us! 

 



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Clapback Mailbag: The Lion's Solution

We interrupt our usual clapback session for a very special Mailbag.

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Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad to Celebrate Sisterhood at Women of Power

Women of Power

It’s nearly impossible to attend Women of Power and leave without making one sisterly connection with someone you don’t know. There’s no greater feeling than meeting up with your sistah-friends at the summit to reconnect, recharge, and encourage one another as you pursue your goals.

Speaking of sisters, we are excited to announce that we will be honoring Debbie Allen, award-winning director and choreographer, as a 2020 Legacy Award recipient. And get this, her sister, Phylicia Rashad, a 2017 Legacy Award Honoree and award-winning actress will be at the summit, too! Talk about a moment in time.

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Related: Black Enterprise Celebrates 15 Years of Honoring the Power and Legacies of Black Women

We are looking forward to a powerful time in Vegas. And we encourage you to bring a sistah with you. Or in the words of past Legacy Award winner, Cynt Marshall, “Help a Sistah out!”

Until then, be sure to join the Women of Power Facebook group to commune with powerful women.

Meet a Sistah!

  • Introduce yourself and share what you’re up to. – There are over 2,000 women killing it in their respective fields in the group. Let them know who you are and what you’re about!
  • Share what you’re looking forward to this year at the Summit. – Have you taken a look at the agenda yet? We have over 40 scheduled events planned for your pleasure. Let everyone know which ones you’re excited about and find out which ones people are going to. You can connect and meet them there!
  • Share your expertise, motivational content, and relevant articles. — This year’s Summit theme is: “Undivided: Power on Our Own Terms.” We encourage you to share information that is empowering, can help someone in their career, or elicits a conversation on how women can remain undivided. We’ve already got the ball rolling and we’re waiting to hear from you.
  • Ask questions about the event. – Do you have a question that you can’t find the answer to on the Women of Power event website? Feel free to ask. We’ll respond.

We hope that you will join us! 

 



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Wyclef Jean Raises $25 Million To Support and Empower Artists in Africa and other Developing Countries

Wyclef Jean

International artist and producer Wyclef Jean is using his business acumen to empower and invest in songwriters and producers in African countries and other emerging markets. Earlier this week, his company, Carnival World Music Group, revealed that it raised $25 million in capital funding that will be allocated toward providing creative artists with music publishing and distribution resources to promote their music and earn royalties. According to Jean, artists need this type of publishing and distribution support especially in light of the rise of Afrobeats and the growing expansion of digital streaming.

“The demand for music from Africa and other developing regions is growing and these creatives deserve to be part of the international marketplace,” said The Fugees founder, according to Forbes. “There is a need for them to have open access to global publishing and distribution options that protect their rights and ensure that they are fairly paid. This initiative not only introduces and launches new talent but helps creatives around the world thrive in their careers.”

After decades in the music business, the hip-hop veteran says he’s learned that producing, rapping, and singing will only earn so much cash. The real money is generated from publishing rights, which are often awarded to the songwriters, composers, and the publishing companies behind the music. For example, he and the Fugees only saw a fraction of the money earned from their iconic cover of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” Much of that money, he says, went to the song’s composer Charles Fox.

“When I produced ‘Killing Me Softly’ for The Fugees, we were making money, but I made somebody like $3 or $4 million that had nothing to do with us or Roberta Flack,” Jean told Fast Company. “The person that I made the money for was the composer. I understood then that I was on the wrong side of the business. I can’t just be on the side of the curtain cutting samples and doing a remix. I have to be part of the songwriting, and so for me, I also encourage kids that writing music is very important right now—not just for putting music out right now, but so that you can build your publishing catalog. In order for you to survive in this industry, we encourage kids to understand that their publishing is real estate.”

Last month, Carnival World Music Group received financing backing from Sound Royalties, an entertainment finance firm that provides creatives with funding for personal and professional projects without taking ownership of their copyrights. Jean’s burgeoning company also partnered with Heads Music, a distribution company founded by music industry vet Madeline Nelson, which will handle global music distribution.

Jean says the goal of his new joint venture is to groom fiscally informed and responsible artists. “[This is] a label that’s actually going to care; a distribution company where kids can go and look at the back end of what they’re actually making,” said the Haitian musician. “If they don’t understand what they see on the dashboard, they could pick up the phone and actually call people that will care about explaining to them parts of the analytics. It turns them into businesspeople overnight.”



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Wyclef Jean Raises $25 Million To Support and Empower Artists in Africa and other Developing Countries

Wyclef Jean

International artist and producer Wyclef Jean is using his business acumen to empower and invest in songwriters and producers in African countries and other emerging markets. Earlier this week, his company, Carnival World Music Group, revealed that it raised $25 million in capital funding that will be allocated toward providing creative artists with music publishing and distribution resources to promote their music and earn royalties. According to Jean, artists need this type of publishing and distribution support especially in light of the rise of Afrobeats and the growing expansion of digital streaming.

“The demand for music from Africa and other developing regions is growing and these creatives deserve to be part of the international marketplace,” said The Fugees founder, according to Forbes. “There is a need for them to have open access to global publishing and distribution options that protect their rights and ensure that they are fairly paid. This initiative not only introduces and launches new talent but helps creatives around the world thrive in their careers.”

After decades in the music business, the hip-hop veteran says he’s learned that producing, rapping, and singing will only earn so much cash. The real money is generated from publishing rights, which are often awarded to the songwriters, composers, and the publishing companies behind the music. For example, he and the Fugees only saw a fraction of the money earned from their iconic cover of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” Much of that money, he says, went to the song’s composer Charles Fox.

“When I produced ‘Killing Me Softly’ for The Fugees, we were making money, but I made somebody like $3 or $4 million that had nothing to do with us or Roberta Flack,” Jean told Fast Company. “The person that I made the money for was the composer. I understood then that I was on the wrong side of the business. I can’t just be on the side of the curtain cutting samples and doing a remix. I have to be part of the songwriting, and so for me, I also encourage kids that writing music is very important right now—not just for putting music out right now, but so that you can build your publishing catalog. In order for you to survive in this industry, we encourage kids to understand that their publishing is real estate.”

Last month, Carnival World Music Group received financing backing from Sound Royalties, an entertainment finance firm that provides creatives with funding for personal and professional projects without taking ownership of their copyrights. Jean’s burgeoning company also partnered with Heads Music, a distribution company founded by music industry vet Madeline Nelson, which will handle global music distribution.

Jean says the goal of his new joint venture is to groom fiscally informed and responsible artists. “[This is] a label that’s actually going to care; a distribution company where kids can go and look at the back end of what they’re actually making,” said the Haitian musician. “If they don’t understand what they see on the dashboard, they could pick up the phone and actually call people that will care about explaining to them parts of the analytics. It turns them into businesspeople overnight.”



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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ludacris Donates $75,000 Worth of Musical Instruments to a Miami High School

I have to say, between coronavirus, the death of Kobe and it looking more and more like the Senate is going to imbue the presidency with the kinds of powers it shouldn’t have, this has been a historically crappy week when it comes to news. Luckily, Ludacris came through to give us a bit of levity.

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Journalist Gwen Ifill Honored with USPS Forever Stamp

Gwen Ifill stamp

On Thursday, the trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill was honored with a commemorative Forever stamp.

“These miniature works of art offer something for everyone interested in American history and culture,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Acting Executive Director William Gicker. “From notable figures such as golf legend Arnold Palmer and esteemed journalist Gwen Ifill to the cultural phenomenon of hip-hop to a celebration of the great outdoors, this program is wide-ranging and adds to the history of our great nation as recorded through the U.S. stamp program.”

As posted on the United States Postal Service website, the 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill (1955–2016), one of America’s most esteemed journalists. The stamp features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi. Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, Ifill was a trailblazer in the profession. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

Also being honored with Forever Stamps are:

Voices of the Harlem Renaissance
These stamps celebrate one of the great artistic and literary movements in American history, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, which firmly established African Americans as a vital force in literature and the arts. Twenty stamps showcase four stylized pastel portraits of these literary figures: writer, philosopher, educator, and arts advocate Alain Locke; novelist Nella Larsen; bibliophile and historian Arturo Alfonso Schomburg; and poet Anne Spencer. African-inspired motifs are used as background elements of each portrait. The pane header shows a cityscape in silhouette with a sun in its midst and the title “Voices of the Harlem Renaissance.” The artist for these stamps was Gary Kelley. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.

Hip-Hop
The Postal Service celebrates hip-hop with four new stamps in a pane of 20. Since its inception more than four decades ago, the electrifying music, dance, and art movement has profoundly influenced American and global popular culture. The stamp art features photographs taken by Cade Martin that depict four elements of hip-hop: MCing (rapping), b-boying (breakdancing), DJing, and graffiti art. The bold, digitally tinted images are intended to appear in motion. The words “Forever” and “USA,” “Hip Hop,” and the name of the element featured appear across the top of each stamp. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps, which are highlighted with a vivid yellow, green, red and black color scheme. The title of the stamps, printed in red and black, is centered on the top of the pane.

 

19th Amendment: Women Vote
With this stamp, the Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration. The clothes they wear and the banners they bear display the official colors of the National Woman’s Party — purple, white and gold. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Nancy Stahl.

 



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Journalist Gwen Ifill Honored with USPS Forever Stamp

Gwen Ifill stamp

On Thursday, the trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill was honored with a commemorative Forever stamp.

“These miniature works of art offer something for everyone interested in American history and culture,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Acting Executive Director William Gicker. “From notable figures such as golf legend Arnold Palmer and esteemed journalist Gwen Ifill to the cultural phenomenon of hip-hop to a celebration of the great outdoors, this program is wide-ranging and adds to the history of our great nation as recorded through the U.S. stamp program.”

As posted on the United States Postal Service website, the 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill (1955–2016), one of America’s most esteemed journalists. The stamp features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi. Among the first African Americans to hold prominent positions in both broadcast and print journalism, Ifill was a trailblazer in the profession. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

Also being honored with Forever Stamps are:

Voices of the Harlem Renaissance
These stamps celebrate one of the great artistic and literary movements in American history, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, which firmly established African Americans as a vital force in literature and the arts. Twenty stamps showcase four stylized pastel portraits of these literary figures: writer, philosopher, educator, and arts advocate Alain Locke; novelist Nella Larsen; bibliophile and historian Arturo Alfonso Schomburg; and poet Anne Spencer. African-inspired motifs are used as background elements of each portrait. The pane header shows a cityscape in silhouette with a sun in its midst and the title “Voices of the Harlem Renaissance.” The artist for these stamps was Gary Kelley. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.

Hip-Hop
The Postal Service celebrates hip-hop with four new stamps in a pane of 20. Since its inception more than four decades ago, the electrifying music, dance, and art movement has profoundly influenced American and global popular culture. The stamp art features photographs taken by Cade Martin that depict four elements of hip-hop: MCing (rapping), b-boying (breakdancing), DJing, and graffiti art. The bold, digitally tinted images are intended to appear in motion. The words “Forever” and “USA,” “Hip Hop,” and the name of the element featured appear across the top of each stamp. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps, which are highlighted with a vivid yellow, green, red and black color scheme. The title of the stamps, printed in red and black, is centered on the top of the pane.

 

19th Amendment: Women Vote
With this stamp, the Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration. The clothes they wear and the banners they bear display the official colors of the National Woman’s Party — purple, white and gold. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Nancy Stahl.

 



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Maryland Man Robs Bank While Wearing Blackface

You know, this is a situation where I’m unsure if our subject is racist or just a criminal.

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If You’re Going to Buy Her Lingerie for Valentine’s Day, Buy It From One of These Brands

At the risk of mixing cultural metaphors, Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl of men buying lingerie for their significant others. Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated with family, usually, making sexy undergarments a less-than-ideal gift, while anniversaries call for nostalgic presents rather than romantic ones. As…

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Coronavirus Declared A Public Health Emergency By World Health Organization

We can now add international pandemic to the list of awful things that have already occurred this year.

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Medicare Part D | All You Need to Know About its Coverage

Medicare Part D are often called Prescription Drug plans.

A Brief Overview of Medicare 

Medicare is the federal health care insurance program primarily for those of retirement age. The program was signed into law in 1965 and today covers over 60 million Americans. Medicare is divided into four parts—Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D. In this article we will cover information about Medicare Part D. 

What is Medicare Part D?

Medicare Part D, also known as Medicare prescription drug coverage, is an optional program to help you cover the cost of prescription drugs. The Medicare prescription drug plan (PDP) was officially enacted in 2003 under the Medicare Modernization Act and went into effect on January 1, 2006. Under this act, Medicare Part D provided prescription drug coverage through private companies to Medicare beneficiaries.

What Does Medicare Part D Coverage Entail?

There are a variety of plans to choose from under Medicare D. Each plan offering has their own list of covered drugs. This list of drugs is called a formulary. A formulary includes both brand-name prescription drugs and generic drugs. All plans must cover at least two drugs per drug category. 

Using the drugs listed on the plan will save you money because the insurance coverage provider negotiated a lower price. If you choose a drug not listed on your plan you will have to pay full price for the drug instead of a copayment or coinsurance. Generally if your specific drug is not listed on the plan, there will be a comparable alternative available through your coverage. You can also apply for a formulary exception to have your drug approved through your insurance provider.

Each plan’s formulary will list drugs under different tiers. The higher the tier, the more expensive the drug will be to you. A breakdown of Medicare Part D’s cost structure is listed below under copay tiers.

What are the Costs of Medicare Part D Plans?

Medicare will cover a portion of your prescription drug costs. The costs that you cover for prescription drugs is considered your out-of-pocket costs. Your out-of-pocket costs will depend on the following factors:

  • The drugs you use
  • The plan you choose
  • Whether you go to a pharmacy in your plan’s network
  • Whether the drugs you use are on your plan’s formulary  
  • Whether you get Extra Help paying your Medicare Part D costs

Extra Help is an assistance program to help cover some of the Medicare costs. To qualify for Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

The following are the payments associated with Medicare Part D plans: 

Premium: Your monthly premium will depend on the area in which you live and the plan you choose. When reviewing your premium cost be sure to weigh it against the overall cost per year and the cost of the drugs you take. In other words, a lower monthly premium may or may not be the best choice for you if the other payments are much higher. Weigh all of the options before making a decision. 

Deductible: The deductible is the amount of money you must pay out of pocket before Medicare will cover costs. For example, a $300 deductible means that you will need to pay $300 before your insurance plan covers the remaining costs. A lower deductible may be a good option, however you should also compare the premium and other costs to ensure that it is the best financial fit for your situation.

Copay: A copay is a fixed dollar amount for your prescriptions. For example, you may have to pay $10 for a generic drug and Medicare will cost the remainder of the costs. 

Copay tiers: Each Medicare Part D plan places drugs in different tiers. These tiers determine how much your copay amount will be for each drug. The lower the tier, the lower the cost will be to you. Generic drugs are typically labeled as Tier 1 drugs.

Tier Type Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Tier 5
Drug Type Preferred Generic Drugs Non-PreferredGeneric Drugs Preferred Generic and Brand Name Drugs Non-Preferred Generic and Brand Name Drugs Specialty Drugs
Copay Cost $ $$ $$$ $$$$ $$$$$

Coinsurance: Coinsurance is the percentage of the prescription cost that you are responsible for covering. Typically plans require coinsurance for drugs in higher tiers.  

Coverage gaps: With Medicare, there is a threshold where the insurance coverage no longer covers the costs of drugs and you are required to pay out of pocket. The point where Medicare Part D stops paying is called the “donut hole.” The cost between the donut hole and catastrophic coverage is known as the coverage gap, and a percentage of it will need to be covered by you. This year, it is expected that you will not have to pay more than 25% for covered brand-name and generic drugs during the gap. In previous years, the percentage you had to cover was much higher. Now the insurance companies will be responsible for more of the cost.

Catastrophic coverage: In 2020, catastrophic coverage will kick in when your out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs reaches $6,350. This is an increase from 2019 when the dollar amount was set at $5,100. At this dollar amount, Medicare will cover the majority of the remaining cost of the drugs. The amount you will be responsible for will be under 5%.

Late enrollment penalty: The late enrollment penalty is an amount added to your monthly premium. You may owe this amount if, for any continuous period of 63 days or more after your Initial Enrollment Period is over, you go without one of the following:

  • A Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D)
  • A Medicare Advantage plan (Part C) 
  • Creditable prescription drug coverage

Should You Consider Medicare Part D?

You may wish to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan if:

  • You use prescription drugs on a regular basis
  • You think you may need prescription drugs in the future
  • You do not have prescription drug coverage
  • You are worried about increasing prescription drug costs
  • You are having trouble paying for your prescription drugs

How To Enroll In Medicare Part D

In order to enroll, you must be eligible for Medicare. You are eligible for Medicare if you meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You are age 65 or older
  • You have a qualifying disability for which you have been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for more than 24 months
  • You have been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease
  • You are entitled to Medicare Part A and/or enrolled in Medicare Part B

The Initial Enrollment Period is a seven-month timeframe that begins three months before the month you turn 65 and ends three months afterward. During this period you can enroll into Medicare Part D. If you miss the initial enrollment period then you can sign up during the general enrollment period which runs every year from January 1-March 31.

Once you are eligible, the first step to enrolling is to review the private plan offers available in your location. You can call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit the Medicare’s Plan Finder tool on medicare.gov to compare plans and enroll. To learn about Medicare Advantage, Supplement, and Prescription Drug plans, request a free quote.



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Thursday's Best Deals: Electric Blankets, Fancy Pajamas, Mucinex Gold Box, and More

A Jack Link’s jerky Gold Box, refurbished MacBook Pros, and a Columbia sale lead off Thursday’s best deals from around the web.

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Twitter Isn't Here for Richard Jefferson's Lame Joke About the Coronavirus: 'He's Getting Fired for Sure'

I like Richard Jefferson—or rather, I want to.

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Mutual Of Omaha Medicare Plans

Mutual of Omaha Medicare Plans

A Mutual of Omaha® Medicare plan is a great option if you’re looking for additional Medicare coverage to meet your healthcare needs. Founded in 1909, Mutual of Omaha was one of the first carriers to offer supplemental Medicare insurance to consumers. As of January 2019, A.M. Best Rating Services gave Mutual of Omaha an A+ (Superior) rating. 

Medicare Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical insurance), also known as Original Medicare, only covers about 80% of medical costs and doesn’t include a prescription drug plan. Without a more comprehensive health insurance plan through a private insurer like Mutual of Omaha, you could end up paying a lot of your healthcare costs out-of-pocket. 

In this article we will discuss the types of Medicare plans offered by Mutual of Omaha:

  • Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans
  • Mutual of Omaha Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Mutual of Omaha Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans
  • How to Enroll In a Mutual of Omaha Medicare Plan

Mutual of Omaha Supplement Insurance Plans

Although a Mutual of Omaha Medicare Advantage plan offers comprehensive benefits, you might prefer to remain enrolled in Original Medicare. If so, consider enrolling in a Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement insurance plan, also known as a Medigap plan, to work alongside Original Medicare. 

As one of the first insurance companies to offer Medicare Supplement or Medigap plans, Mutual of Omaha now offers a variety of plan options with benefits that include: 

  • Lower Out-of-Pocket Expenses. Medicare Supplement plans pay some of the costs that Original Medicare doesn’t, such as copays, coinsurance, and deductibles. 
  • No Referrals Needed to See a Specialist. You can see any doctor without a referral, including specialists, as long as the provider accepts Medicare. And, you don’t need to worry about finding in-network providers with Medicare Supplement.
  • Nationwide Coverage. You can use your plan anywhere Medicare is accepted, including outside your home state and outside the country. 
  • Guaranteed Renewable. Your plan can never be canceled, as long as you continue to pay your premiums. Also, you can’t be denied for pre-existing health conditions if you apply during open enrollment.

There are 10 standardized Medicare Supplement insurance plans, each with differing amounts of coverage:

Benefits Plan A Plan B Plan C Plan F Plan G Plan K Plan L Plan N
Part A Coinsurance and Copay 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Part B Coinsurance and Copay 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75%
Part A Deductible   100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100%
Part B Deductible     100% 100%        
Blood (first 3 pints per year) 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 50% 75% 100%
Part B Excess Charges     80% 80% 80%     80%

While the details of plan coverage will vary by state, Mutual of Omaha’s most popular Medicare Supplement plans include: Plan F (may no longer be offered after 2020), Plan G, and Plan N.

Medicare Supplement Part G:

  • Offers lower monthly premiums than many other supplement plans
  • You pay the Part B deductible
  • Increasing in popularity as Plan F is phasing out

Medicare Supplement Part N:

  • Often the choice of individuals on a budget, with lower monthly premiums than Part G
  • You pay the Part B deductible
  • As a tradeoff for lower premiums, you are responsible for some copays ($20 for doctor visits and $50 for emergency room visits)

You can only purchase a Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement insurance plan if you have Original Medicare. You cannot combine it with a Medicare Advantage plan. 

Mutual of Omaha Medicare Advantage Plans

A Medicare Advantage plan, also called Medicare Part C provides an alternative to Original Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans replace Medicare Part A and Part B, including all of the same coverage as Original Medicare while offering additional benefits, too. 

Mutual of Omaha Medicare Advantage plans include the following all-in-one coverage and benefits:

  • Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage. One feature that separates Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Advantage plans from Original Medicare is that they include a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Many Medicare Advantage plans have coverage for prescription medication—generic and brand. With a Mutual of Omaha Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll have a low copay for medications, helping you save money.
  • Dental Coverage. Along with regular doctor visits, Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Advantage plans include dental benefits. This coverage extends beyond basic coverage to protect your teeth and gums. 
  • Vision Coverage. You’ll receive coverage for routine eye examinations, contact lenses, and eyeglasses and no extra charge.
  • No Copays for Lab Tests. Copays and coinsurance for lab tests can be expensive. So you may delay scheduling a recommended test. When you sign up for Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Advantage plan, you won’t pay a copay for most labs or tests.
  • Free Enrollment in the Silver Sneakers Fitness Program. Being physically active is an excellent way to maintain a healthy weight and heart. Through Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Advantage plans, you’ll receive a free gym membership.
  • Medical Transportation Benefit. Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Advantage plans include a transportation benefit to cover the cost of travel to doctor appointments. Depending on your diagnosis or condition, it may also cover non-emergency ambulance service to and from your doctor.
  • Over-the-Counter Allowance. Each quarter, Mutual of Omaha’s Medicare Advantage plans provide an allowance for over-the-counter health-related items. Covered items range from bandages to non-prescription medications.

Mutual of Omaha Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans

If you’re enrolled in Original Medicare and need prescription drug coverage, you can sign up for stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage through Mutual of Omaha. 

Working alongside your Original Medicare and/or Medicare Supplement plan, Mutual of Omaha’s Part D plans offer the following benefits:

  • Reduced out-of-pocket costs for generic and brand prescription medications
  • Low monthly premiums.
  • Low copays on commonly prescribed drugs.
  • Low deductibles.
  • Preferred pricing at more than 24,000 pharmacies nationwide.

How To Enroll In A Mutual of Omaha Medicare Plan

Mutual of Omaha has provided financial solutions and insurance protection since 1909. Whether you’re looking for a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Supplement insurance, this company offers several options for reducing your out-of-pocket costs and increasing your available benefits. 

To be eligible for Medicare, and a Mutual of Omaha Medicare plan, you must be 65 and enrolled in Original Medicare. The initial open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after your 65th birthday. 

To enroll at a later time (or switch plans), open enrollment occurs each year from October 15 to December 7. If you enroll during the annual open enrollment, your coverage doesn’t begin until January 1.

If you’re thinking about enrolling in a Mutual of Omaha Supplement insurance plan, you must first enroll in Original Medicare. Also, you must sign up for Medicare Supplement insurance during the six-month window starting the month you turn 65, to avoid medical underwriting.



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